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Achieving DemocracyThe Future of Progressive Regulation$
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Sidney A. Shapiro and Joseph P. Tomain

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199965540

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199965540.001.0001

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Pragmatism and Government Regulation

Pragmatism and Government Regulation

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(p.3) Chapter 1 Pragmatism and Government Regulation
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Achieving Democracy
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Sidney A. Shapiro

Joseph P. Tomain

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199965540.003.0001

Chapter 1 opens Part I of the book and explains the relationship among these ideas. The goal of the chapter is to show that an active government contributes to a democratic society. The chapter explores the fundamental principles of American philosophical pragmatism such as instrumentalism that reveals that pragmatism rejects dogma and ideology. American pragmatism is also experimental and is guided by a goal to solve problems with regulatory structures that work. In order to determine which regulatory tools should be adopted and implemented, those proposals must be discussed widely in “communities of inquiry.” Such communities constitute the democratic nature of American pragmatism. The progressive strain in American pragmatism is based upon the idea that new regulatory forms, new ideas, and new institutions are essential ingredients to a better future.

Keywords:   American philosophical pragmatism, democracy, progressivism

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