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Progressive Politics in the Global Age Paperback – December 21, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0745625799 ISBN-10: 0745625797 Edition: 1st
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Editorial Reviews


"This symposium comes nearer to anything I have yet read to stating a coherent and convincing case for a progressive politics that is neither market liberal nor socialist. There is not a dud or tired contribution on board." Bernard Crick, Emeritus Professor of Politics, Birkbeck College, London University

"Henry Tam has put together a stimulating collection of articles that seek to create a form of progressive politics skeptical of both free market utopias and all-powerful states" Derek Wall, Democratization

From the Back Cover

Progressive politics has been concerned with rolling back prejudices, improving democratic accountabilities, and promoting the common good for over a century. In recent years, however, many academics, as well as politicians, have started to call for a new way to take progressive ideas forward.

But how much of this rhetoric is underpinned by a coherent political vision? Are the policies associated with advocates of the ‘New Middle' or ‘Third Way' consistent with the promise of a fairer society? What are the principles which should shape the progressive reform agenda of the 21st century?

In this book, Henry Tam brings together a distinguished team of social and political theorists from America and Europe to address these questions. Discussion is centred around the growth of corporate power, the alienation of citizens from political discourse, the key progressive ideals needed to guide effective reforms and possible policy options.

Finally, the team argues that globalization is creating new forms of instability and injustice which can only be rectified by action across national boundaries. Together they set out how progressive politics should respond to the social, economic and environmental challenges of the global age.


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More About the Author

Henry Benedict Tam is a writer and educator, whose published books include 'Communitarianism' (nominated by New York University Press for the 2000 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order); 'Against Power Inequalities' (described by Professor Charles Derber as "an intellectual tour de force, an erudite romp through the history of civilization"); and widely acclaimed novels such as 'Whitehall through the Looking Glass', and 'Kuan's Wonderland' (praised by the President of the Independent Publishers Guild as "an unmissable page-turner...a fantasy universe unlike any that has come before.")

He is a passionate advocate for the development of inclusive communities; and blogs on 'Question the Powerful'. He has been a senior advisor to the UK Government (2000-2010); guest speaker on democratic and communitarian issues at events held around the world from Washington to Warsaw; and lecturer at Cambridge University & visiting professor at Birkbeck, University of London.

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