Appraising the Progressive State

Author:Herbert Hovenkamp
Position:Ben V. & Dorothy Willie Professor of Law, University of Iowa

Since its origins in the late 19th century, the most salient characteristics of the progressive state have been marginalism in economics, the greatly increased use of scientific theory and data in policy making, and the encouragement of broad electoral participation. All have served to make progressive policy less stable than classical and other more laissez-faire alternatives. However, the... (see full summary)

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