Bernie Sanders and the Boundaries of Reform

Bernie Sanders and the Boundaries of Reform

Socialism in Burlington

eBook - 2016
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Today, Bernie Sanders is a household name, a wildly popular presidential candidate and an icon for progressive Democrats in the United States. But back in the 1980s, this “democratic socialist”—though some folks would prefer the term “social democrat”—was mayor of Burlington, Vermont, where his administration attempted radical reforms. Some efforts were successful, but when a waterfront deal failed, it was not due to Sanders' efforts; he would rather compromise and have a net gain than be an ideological purist.
In his preface to this reissue of the 1990 book, Challenging the Boundaries of Reform, W. J. Conroy reflects on the recent legacy of Sanders, his Agenda for America, and his appeal to young voters. His book then looks back to identify Sanders’ experience in Burlington by examining several case studies that unfolded amidst a conservative trend nationally, an unsympathetic state government, and a hostile city council.
Ultimately, Conroy asks what lessons can be drawn from the case of Burlington that would aid the American left in its struggle to capture both government and civil society? 

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"Originally published in 1990 and based on my doctoral dissertation for Fordham University, Bernie Sanders and the Boundaries of Reform is a 1980s case study of how much autonomy the local state (i.e. the city government) has within the external constraints of the capitalist system of private enterprise and the federalist system of government. I chose this case study as a unique opportunity to examine a socialist mayor and several radical left city commissioners (the Progressive Coalition) who were elected to office as the nation was veering right with the agenda of Ronald Reagan. It was the anomalous character of the city government of Burlington, Vermont, that drew me to the case"--Preface.

Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9781439914816
Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult
Characteristics: data file
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