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The Public's Law: Origins and Architecture of Progressive Democracy

Blake Emerson


The Public’s Law is a theory and history of democracy in the American administrative state. The book describes how American Progressive thinkers—such as John Dewey, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Woodrow Wilson—developed a democratic understanding of the state from their study of Hegelian political thought. G.W.F. Hegel understood the state as an institution that regulated society in the interest of freedom. This normative account of the state distinguished his view from later German theorists, such as Max Weber, who adopted a technocratic conception of bureaucracy, and others, such as Carl Schmitt, who ... More

Keywords: administrative state, administrative law, Progressive, G.W.F. Hegel, W.E.B. Du Bois, John Dewey, Woodrow Wilson, deliberative democracy, New Deal, civil rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190682873
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190682873.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Blake Emerson, author
Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law