Public Matters: Essays on Politics, Policy and Religion

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - Philosophy - 183 pages
After preparing to lead a quiet life as a teacher and scholar of political theory, William Galston has spent the past quarter century crossing the boundaries between academia and public life, including a two-year stint as Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy under President Clinton. Reflecting these boundary-crossings, Public Matters contains a selection of Galston's essays on politics, policy, and religion. Each is viewed through the prisms of history, theory, and ethical concerns. The essays on politics tell the story of Galston's efforts to help redirect the Democratic Party so that it speaks more clearly to the concerns of 21st century Americans. The essays in the policy section reflect the range of issues with which Galston has grappled as a political activist and public official. Finally, the essays on religion try to come to grips with the challenges that religion, taken seriously (as it should be) poses for the governance of constitutional democracies.
 

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Contents

Incomplete Victory The Rise of the New Democrats 2004
7
Strategic Challenges Facing the Democratic Party 2004
27
Two Postmortems The 2004 Elections and the Future of the Democratic Party 2005
41
The Art of Association in Free Societies Alexis De Tocqueville and Liberal Democracy 2000
51
The Perils of Preemptive War 2002
61
Some Arguments for Universal Service 2004
67
Ethics and Public Policy in a Pluralist Democracy The Case of Human Embryo Research 2001
75
Some Proposals to Help Parents A Progressive Perspective 2002
89
Religion Family and Regime The Case of Mormon Polygamy
131
Contending with Liberalism Modern Catholic Social Thought 2004
141
Traditional Judaism and American Citizenship
155
Jews Muslims and the Prospects for Pluralism 2004
169
Bibliography
175
Index
181
About the Author
Copyright

Conscience Religious Accommodation and Political Authority 2003
111

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About the author (2005)

William A. Galston is director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, Saul I. Stern Professor of Civic Engagement at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, and director of the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE). Galston is the author of five books and nearly one hundred articles in moral and political theory, American politics, and public policy.

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