Pragmatism and Government Regulation

Sidney A. Shapiro and Joseph P. Tomain

in Achieving Democracy

Published in print January 2014 | ISBN: 9780199965540
Published online April 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199360833 | DOI:
Pragmatism and Government Regulation

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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

Chapter.  6382 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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