In The Next Agenda, editors Robert Borosage and Roger Hickey of the Campaign for America's Future have gathered essays written by some of America's most progressive thinkers and activists that lay out ideas and reforms to address the serious issues facing us today. They argue that the economic prosperity of the last decade can only be sustained if it is more widely shared. And they call for a new progressive movement to forge new rules for the global economy just as the Progressives of the last century tamed the excesses of America's national economy.Each of the fourteen essays in The Next Agenda detail the context that makes fundamental reform both necessary and possible and outlines the policy proposals that are vital to begin meeting the challenge. David Moberg, reporter for In These Times, writes about reforming labor law to empower workers whose voices have been drowned out by globalization. Richard Rothstein, education columnist for the New York Times, writes of the growing shortage of classrooms and teachers and suggests reform initiatives for public education. Ted Marmor of the Yale School of Management, and Jon Oberlander, of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, provide a plan to make affordable, comprehensive health care available to everyone. Carl Pope of The Sierra Club and a leader of the environmental movement joins with labor leader Robert Wages, of PACE International, to lay out elements of a Green Growth agenda, detailing how labor and environmentalists can combine in promoting sensible investments for sustainable growth. These forward-thinking essays serve as a springboard for national debate and provide an ambitious agenda for the next administration.
* Introduction: The Next Majority Stanley Greenberg and Robert Borosage * The Global Economy: The Reform Imperative Robert Borosage and William Grieder * Making Economy Work for Working People Jeff Faux * Empowering Workers David Moberg * Security in an Age of Change Roger Hickey and Theda Skocpol * Women, Children and Families: The Next Agenda Heidi Hartmann * Education: Getting Students Ready to Learn Richard Rothstein * The Path to Universal Health Care Theodore Marmor and Jon Oberlander * Metropolitan Mandate Joel Rogers * Solving the Problems of Urban Poverty William Spriggs and Lynn A. Curtis * Green Growth: A Labor-Environmental Agenda for Sustainable Growth Carl Pope and Robert Wages * SkyTrust: Sharing the Benefits from the Global Commons Peter Barnes and Rafe Pomerance * Curbing the Bucks: Democracy that Works Ellen Miller