The Poverty of Progressivism: The Future of American Democracy in a Time of Liberal Decline

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - Political Science - 159 pages
In The Poverty of Progressivism, Jeffrey C. Isaac examines the weakening of liberalism--its causes, its consequences, and its significance for thinking about 'left liberal' politics--and concludes that Progressive liberalism in America is at an impasse from which it is unlikely to recover. He contends that the frequently invoked liberal analogies between the present and the early part of the twentieth century are fundamentally mistaken and, ultimately, impractical. Instead, Isaac argues that liberals should look to civil society rather than a revitalized progressive state for the solutions to such public problems as economic insecurity, urban blight, and environmental degradation. Linking together political theory, American history, journalism, and contemporary commentary, The Poverty of Progressivism defends a democratic politics of civil society without illusions.
 

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Contents

The Progressive Revival
17
Why a Progressive Revival?
45
The World We Have Lost
77
Rethinking the Future of Democratic Innovation
117
Index
153
About the Author
159
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Jeffrey C. Isaac is James H. Rudy Professor of Political Science and the director of the Center for the Study of Democracy at Indiana University.

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