Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism

Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism

by Ronald J. Pestritto


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Woodrow Wilson's political philosophy, argues Pestritto (politics, U. of Dallas), remained consistent from his earliest writings, through his career as an academic political scientist and his later political career. His argument rests upon an analysis of Wilson's historical and political thinking, specifically in regard to the principles of the American founding. Wilson had an organic, historicist view of the state that led him to advocate for a more powerful, centralized national state and to advocate for the ability to interpret the constitution in accord with new historical contingencies. This argument leads Pestritto to conclude that Wilson, even as President, was not the anti-progressive many have claimed. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742515161
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/20/2005
Series: American Intellectual Culture Series
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.62(w) x 9.74(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Ronald J. Pestritto is Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution at Hillsdale College and a research fellow at the Claremont Institute.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Wilson, the Founding, and Historical Thinking
Chapter 1: Historicism and Wilson's Critique of the Social Compact
Chapter 2: The Modern Democratic State and the New Political Science
Chapter 3: Beyond the Separation of Powers: The New Constitutionalism and the Growth of the American National State
Chapter 4: Congress as Parliament?
Chapter 5: The Presidency, the Parties, and the Judiciary
Chapter 6: Who Governs? Wilson's Leadership Doctrine and the Question of Democracy
Chapter 7: Wilson's Science of Administration
Conclusion: 1912 and Beyond

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