A century ago, Americans launched a period of civic renewal and political reform. Today, amid deep dissatisfaction with our major institutions, there are signs that a new movement may revive the spirit of the original Progressive Era. Peter Levine draws inspiration from the great Progressive leader Robert M. La Follete, Sr., and his circle, which included John Dewey, Jane Addams, and Louis Brandeis. He discusses the shortcomings of this group as well as their successes, but he argues that their ideal of a fair and deliberative democracy is right for our time.
Peter Levine is research scholar at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part One: Background and Diagnosis Chapter 3 Lessons from the First Progressive Era Chapter 4 The Emergence of Modern Politics Chapter 5 Trends in Civil Society Part 6 Part Two: Reform Proposals Chapter 7 Elections Chapter 8 Journalism in the Public Interest Chapter 9 Legislation and Regulation Chapter 10 Civil Society