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Transition to Pluralist Democracy

in Free Expression and Democracy in America

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226240664
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226240749 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226240749.003.0009
Transition to Pluralist Democracy

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During World War I, the national government consolidated power to an unprecedented degree due to the needs of modern warfare and in accordance with prewar Progressive demands for centralization. But with the end of hostilities, the government retreated to a less imposing posture. Progressivism, as a political movement, lost its coherence and drive. This chapter discusses the 1920s; the intellectual transition from premodernism to modernism; the New Deal and pluralist democracy; the world in crisis and the development of pluralist democratic theory; and the struggles to fulfill the promise of pluralist democratic theory.

Keywords: New Deal; pluralist democratic theory; modernism; progressivism

Chapter.  23998 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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