Making Progress

Making Progress

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While a universal definition of 'progress' has proved elusive, measures of progress have been defined and grouped, into the broad areas of material wealth; social relations; technical capacity; and moral, aesthetic, and intellectual sensibilities. However, not until the 'Progress Project,' whose results are gathered here, has the impact of progress on public policy in these realms been systematically explored. In this volume, noted scholars in economics, government, education, technology, literature, culture, and religion, among other fields, discuss the meaning and measurement of progress in their areas of specialty. They assess particular policies that have either promoted or retarded progress and provide recommendations for policy processes or instruments that better reflect the nature of forward movement in the current era. Making Progress is an important contribution to both the theoretical and practical literature on public policy; it is a resource for scholars and students as well as a guide for policymakers, analysts, and advocates who help craft those policies in the name of progress.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 488 pages
  • 144.8 x 223.5 x 38.1mm | 680.4g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739104918
  • 9780739104910

Table of contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Foreword Part 3 Introduction Part 4 Section I: Defining, Measuring, and Implementing Progress Chapter 5 Progress and the Promise of Public Policy Chapter 6 Two Steps Forward and One Step Back: An Assessment Chapter 7 Making Progress in Implementation Scholarship: A Survey of the Literature Part 8 Section II: The Domains of Progress Part 9 Progress in Ourselves Chapter 10 Introduction Chapter 11 Progress and Evolution Chapter 12 The Meaning of Progress in the New Millennium Chapter 13 Faith and the Future: Religion and the Problem of Progress in the New Millennium Chapter 14 Progress in Literature Chapter 15 Paradoxical Progress: Medical Advances and Moral Anxiety Chapter 16 Young Children: The First Step in Progress Chapter 17 Progress and Education: Supporting the Realization of Human Aspirations Part 18 Progress in Our Relations with Others Chapter 19 Introduction Chapter 20 Achieving Progress in Solving Collective-Action Problems Chapter 21 Is There Cultural Progress? Chapter 22 Ethnopolitical Warfare and Massacres: Is There Progress? Chapter 23 Progress and Contentious Politics Chapter 24 NGOs, Development, and Human Rights: A Story of Progress and Policy Chapter 25 Free Press, Profit Margins, and Democratic Governance: Is There a Fatal Flaw? Part 26 Progress in Our Material and Natural World Chapter 27 Introduction Chapter 28 Progress and the Natural Sciences: Issues and Perspectives Chapter 29 Progress: An Economist's View Chapter 30 Perhaps Progress Really is Our Most Important Product: A Feminist Contemplates the Twentieth Century Chapter 31 Information Technology and Progress Chapter 32 Toward Eliminating Poverty From the World: Grameen Bank Experience Chapter 33 Progressing Toward Environmental Sustainability
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About Janet W. Looney

C. Leigh Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. Janet W. Looney is Associate Director of Program Development at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington.
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