Edited by Stephen Skowronek, the Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political and Social Science, Stephen M. Engel, associate professor of politics at Bates College, and Bruce Ackerman, Sterling Professor of Law
(Yale University Press)
This book explores how the Progressive Era redefined the playing field for conservatives and liberals alike.
During the 1912 presidential campaign, Progressivism emerged as an alternative to what was then considered an outmoded system of government. A century later, a new generation of conservatives criticizes Progressivism as having abandoned America’s founding values and miring the government in institutional gridlock. In this book, renowned contributors examine a broad range of issues, including Progressives’ interpretation of the Constitution, their expansion and redistribution of individual rights, and reforms meant to shift power from political parties to ordinary citizens.