Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

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The Dilemma of Progressivism: How Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson Reshaped the American Regime of Self-Government

by Will Morrisey

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

278, March

Hardcover, 70.00

ISBN: 0742560740

In the first book-length study of progressive-era presidents’ views on the theme of self-government, The Dilemma of Progressivism critically analyzes their understanding of executive leadership and the office of the presidency. Will Morrisey examines both the rhetoric and the actions of Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson to show the ways in which their thoughts shaped their presidencies. He shows how the progressive presidents dealt with the genesis of a modern, centralized American state and the conflicting increase in popularity of the notion of self-government.

Drawing larger conclusions about the key American ideas of self-government, federalism, freedom, and social welfare, Morrisey strikes the right balance between political theory and history in this study on self-government and the political thought of three American presidents.

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