A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren

By Elizabeth Warren

An not likely political celebrity tells the inspiring tale of the two-decade trip that taught her how Washington fairly works—and relatively doesn’t

As a baby in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to visit collage after which develop into an straight forward college teacher—an formidable objective, given her family’s modest skill. Early marriage and motherhood looked as if it would placed even that dream out of achieve, yet fifteen years later she was once a exclusive legislations professor with a deep figuring out of why humans cross bankrupt. Then got here the telephone name that modified her lifestyles: might she come to Washington DC to assist propose Congress on rewriting the financial disaster laws?

Thus started an rude schooling into the bare-knuckled, usually dysfunctional methods of Washington. She fought for larger financial disaster legislation for ten years and misplaced. She attempted to carry the government dependable throughout the monetary difficulty yet turned a aim of the large banks. She got here up with the belief for a brand new enterprise designed to guard shoppers from predatory bankers and was once denied the chance to run it. ultimately, at age sixty two, she determined to run for optionally available workplace and received the main competitive—and watched—Senate race within the country.

In this passionate, humorous, rabble-rousing publication, Warren indicates why she has selected to struggle teeth and nail for the center class—and why she has develop into a hero to all those that think that America’s govt can and needs to do greater for operating households.

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A strong proponent of liberalism, Andrew Moravcsik (2008), has also called for de-emphasizing theoretical parsimony and ontological consistency in order to facilitate synthetic analyses featuring causal factors drawn from different theories. Moravcsik (2003, p. 132) notes: The complexity of most large events in world politics precludes plausible unicausal explanations. The outbreak of World Wars I and II, the emergence of international human rights norms, and the evolution of the European Union, for example, are surely important enough events to merit comprehensive explanation even at the expense of theoretical parsimony.

Even when it is not offering explicit policy prescriptions, eclectic scholarship should have some clear implications for some set of policy debates or salient normative concerns that enmesh leaders, public intellectuals, and other actors in a given political setting. ’ Chapter 2 elaborates on this point in the context of the ‘pragmatist turn’ in international relations scholarship. g. g. g. g. Lindblom and Cohen 1979; Nye 2009). Our conceptualization of eclectic scholarship is distinctive in that it seeks to bridge all of these concerns, linking a pragmatist orientation towards the production of useful knowledge to problem-driven research aimed at a better understanding of real-world phenomena and to mid-range causal accounts that draw upon mechanisms and processes normally analyzed in isolation within separate paradigms.

For two reasons, however, we do not believe that the problem is insurmountable. First, the incommensurability thesis is most compelling when it comes to uniform criteria for evaluating diverse theories; it is much less constraining when it comes to integrating elements from these theories. Donald Davidson (1974) and Hilary Putnam (1981) have both noted that the incommensurability thesis would be valid only if it were completely impossible to translate terms expressed in the language of one theoretical scheme into the language of another.

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