Achieving Democracy: The Future of Progressive Regulation

Paperback | January 28, 2015

bySidney A. Shapiro, Joseph P. Tomain

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Democracy is the ability to participate freely and equally in the political and economic affairs of the country. Americans have relied on philosophical pragmatism and on the impulse of political progressivism to express those creedal democratic values. Achieving Democracy argues that, in thelast 30 years, however, by focusing on free markets and small government, America has since lost its grasp on these crucial democratic values. Economically, the vast majority of Americans have been made worse off due to a historically unprecedented redistribution of wealth from the lower and middleclasses to the top one percent. Politically, partisan gridlock has hampered efforts to seek fairer taxes, responsive and effective regulation, reliable health care, and better education, among other needs. Achieving Democracy critiques the history of the last 30 years of neoliberal government in the United States, and enables an understanding of the dynamic and changing nature of contemporary government and the future of the regulatory state. Sidney A. Shapiro and Joseph P. Tomain demonstrate howlessons from the past can be applied today to regain essential democratic losses within the successful framework of a progressive government to ultimately construct a good society for all citizens.

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Democracy is the ability to participate freely and equally in the political and economic affairs of the country. Americans have relied on philosophical pragmatism and on the impulse of political progressivism to express those creedal democratic values. Achieving Democracy argues that, in thelast 30 years, however, by focusing on free m...

Sidney A. Shapiro is University Chair in Law at Wake Forest University School of Law. Before beginning his teaching career, he served as an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Professor Shapiro is a founding member and now Vice-President of the Center for Progressive Reform (C...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.71 inPublished:January 28, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroductionPart I: Democracy, Progressivism, and Pragmatism1. Pragmatism and Government Regulation2. History Lessons3. Public Ambivalence about GovernmentPart II: The Failure of Neoliberalism4. Government and Markets5. Why Government FailsPart III: Pragmatic Regulation6. A Return to Pragmatism7. Policy, Politics, and InstitutionsPart IV: The Progressive Future of Regulation8. Let Government GovernEndnotesIndex

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"Our current situation of political disenchantment and deadlock is a potential teaching moment, and Shapiro and Tomain are just the teachers we need. Drawing on a remarkable range of thinking in philosophy, political science, and law, they advance a revised conception of democracy, and arevised administrative practice to accompany it. Achieving Democracy is a great introduction to the most adventurous recent thinking about politics." --William H. Simon, Arthur Levitt Professor of Law, Columbia Law School