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Reflections on Democratic Experimentalism in the Progressive Tradition

Reflections on Democratic Experimentalism in the Progressive Tradition Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 9, No. 2 (December 2012), 255­261 Editions Rodopi ©2012 By outlining the history of administrative law from the Progressive era to the present, this essay suggests a genealogical connection between Dewey's pragmatism and democratic experimentalism. Democratic experimentalism is rooted in the Progressive paradigm of an administrative state guided by expert judgment but responds to the ossification of the U.S. administrative state. Connecting democratic experimentalism to Progressivism provides the background for some speculations about the politics that might be needed for democratic experimentalism to have successes equivalent to those of Progressive administrative law. From the perspective of a scholar of U.S. public law and its history, democratic experimentalism can be seen as the next step in the development of the Progressive vision of administrative law.1 And, because John Dewey was a Progressive in his politics, it is not surprising that scholars can connect democratic experimentalism to Dewey's pragmatism. Dewey's pragmatism provided an informal philosophical backdrop to the Progressives' policy proposals. These Reflections suggest a genealogical connection between Dewey's pragmatism and democratic experimentalism, not a conceptual one.2 They begin with an outline of administrative law's history from the Progressive era to the present, with the aim of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Reflections on Democratic Experimentalism in the Progressive Tradition

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 9 (2): 255 – Apr 21, 2012

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Brill
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© Copyright 2012 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1572-3429
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1875-8185
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10.1163/18758185-90000239
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Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 9, No. 2 (December 2012), 255­261 Editions Rodopi ©2012 By outlining the history of administrative law from the Progressive era to the present, this essay suggests a genealogical connection between Dewey's pragmatism and democratic experimentalism. Democratic experimentalism is rooted in the Progressive paradigm of an administrative state guided by expert judgment but responds to the ossification of the U.S. administrative state. Connecting democratic experimentalism to Progressivism provides the background for some speculations about the politics that might be needed for democratic experimentalism to have successes equivalent to those of Progressive administrative law. From the perspective of a scholar of U.S. public law and its history, democratic experimentalism can be seen as the next step in the development of the Progressive vision of administrative law.1 And, because John Dewey was a Progressive in his politics, it is not surprising that scholars can connect democratic experimentalism to Dewey's pragmatism. Dewey's pragmatism provided an informal philosophical backdrop to the Progressives' policy proposals. These Reflections suggest a genealogical connection between Dewey's pragmatism and democratic experimentalism, not a conceptual one.2 They begin with an outline of administrative law's history from the Progressive era to the present, with the aim of

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Published: Apr 21, 2012

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