Progressivism holds that it is possible to improve human societies through political reform. As a
political movement, progressivism seeks to advance the
human condition through
social reform based on purported advancements in
Adherents hold that progressivism has universal application and endeavor to spread this idea to human societies everywhere. Progressivism arose during the
 Age of Enlightenment out of the belief that
civility in Europe was improving due to the application of new
empirical knowledge to the governance of society.
In modern political discourse, progressivism gets often associated with
a left-leaning type of liberalism.
From the Enlightenment to the Industrial Revolution
Immanuel Kant identified progress as being a movement away from
18th-century philosopher and political scientist
 Marquis de Condorcet predicted that political progress would involve the disappearance of
slavery, the rise of
literacy, the lessening of
prison reforms which at the time were harsh, and the decline of poverty.
Modernity or modernisation was a key form of the idea of progress as promoted by
classical liberals in the 19th and 20th centuries, who called for the rapid modernisation of the economy and society to remove the traditional hindrances to
free markets and the
free movements of people.
John Stuart Mill
In the late 19th century, a political view rose in popularity in the Western world that progress was being stifled by vast
economic inequality between the rich and the poor, minimally regulated
capitalism with out-of-control monopolistic
laissez-faire corporations, intense and often violent conflict between capitalists and workers, with a need for measures to address these problems.
Progressivism has influenced various political movements.
 Social liberalism was influenced by British
John Stuart Mill's conception of people being "progressive beings."
British Prime Minister
 Benjamin Disraeli developed
progressive conservatism under
In France, the space between
social revolution and the
socially conservative laissez-faire
centre-right was filled with the emergence of
radicalism which thought that
social progress required
republicanism. Especially anti-clericalism was the dominant influence on the
centre-left in many French- and Romance-speaking countries until the mid-20th century. In
Imperial Germany, Chancellor
Otto von Bismarck enacted various progressive
social welfare measures out of
paternalistic conservative motivations to distance workers from the
socialist movement of the time and as humane ways to assist in maintaining the
In 1891, the
Roman Catholic Church encyclical
Rerum novarum Pope Leo XIII condemned the
exploitation of labor and urged support for
labor unions and
government regulation of businesses in the interests of
social justice while upholding the
property right and criticising socialism.
 Protestant outlook called the
Social Gospel emerged in North America that focused on challenging economic exploitation and poverty and, by the mid-1890s, was common in many Protestant theological seminaries in the United States.
Early 20th-century progressivism included support for American engagement in
World War I and the creation of and participation in the
League of Nations,
 compulsory sterilisation in Scandinavia,
 eugenics in Great Britain,
 temperance movement.
Progressives believed that
 progress was stifled by
economic inequality, inadequately regulated
monopolistic corporations, and conflict between workers and elites, arguing that corrective measures were needed.
Contemporary mainstream political conception of the philosophy
In the United States, progressivism began as an intellectual rebellion against the political philosophy of
as expressed by
 John Locke and the
founders of the American Republic, whereby the authority of government depends on observing limitations on its just powers.
What began as a
 social movement in the 1890s grew into a popular
political movement referred to as the
Progressive era; in the
1912 United States presidential election, all three U.S. presidential candidates claimed to be progressives. While the term progressivism represents a range of diverse
political pressure groups, not always united, progressives rejected
social Darwinism, believing that the problems society faced, such as
violence, could best be addressed by providing good education, a safe environment, and an efficient workplace. Progressives lived mainly in the cities, were college educated, and believed in a strong central government.
 Theodore Roosevelt of the
Republican Party and later the
Progressive Party declared that he "always believed that wise progressivism and wise conservatism go hand in hand."
Woodrow Wilson was also a member of the American progressive movement within the
Democratic Party. Progressive stances have evolved.
Imperialism was a controversial issue within progressivism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly in the United States, where some progressives supported
American imperialism while others opposed it.
In response to
 World War I, President
Fourteen Points established the concept of national
self-determination and criticised imperialist competition and colonial injustices.
Anti-imperialists supported these views in areas resisting imperial rule.
During the period of acceptance of economic
Keynesianism (the 1930s–1970s), there was widespread acceptance in many nations of a large role for
state intervention in the economy. With the rise of
neoliberalism and challenges to state
interventionist policies in the 1970s and 1980s,
centre-left progressive movements responded by adopting the
Third Way, which emphasised a major role for the
There have been
 social democrats who have called for the social-democratic movement to move past Third Way.
 progressive conservative elements in the British
Conservative Party have criticised neoliberalism.
In the 21st century, progressives continue to favour
public policy that they theorise will reduce or lessen the harmful effects of
economic inequality as well as systemic
discrimination such as
institutional racism; to advocate for
social safety nets and
workers' rights; and to oppose
corporate influence on the democratic process. The unifying theme is to call attention to the negative impacts of current institutions or ways of doing things and to advocate for
social progress, i.e., for positive change as defined by any of several standards such as the expansion of
egalitarianism in the form of
social equality as well as improved well being of a population. Proponents of social democracy have identified themselves as promoting the progressive cause.
Progressivism, in the general sense, mainly means social and cultural progressivism. There term
is similar, and is used substantially similarly. cultural liberalism
However, cultural liberals and progressives may differ in positions on cultural issues such as 
social justice, political correctness.
Unlike progressives in a broader sense, some cultural progressives may be economically
conservative, or politically
Czech Pirate Party is classified as a (cultural or social) progressive party,
but it calls itself "economically centrist and socially liberal". 
Economic progressivism is a term used to distinguish it from progressivism in cultural fields. Economic progressives' views are often rooted in the concept of
social justice and aim to improve the human condition through
social protections and the maintenance of
Some economic progressives may show
center-right views on cultural issues. These movements are related to
communitarian conservative movements such as
Christian democracy and
Progressive parties or parties with progressive factions
Frente de Todos (factions)
 Reason Party,
Australian Labor Party (factions)
 Brazilian Socialist Party (factions),
 Democratic Labour Party,
 Socialism and Liberty Party
Liberal Party of Canada (factions),
 New Democratic Party
 Liberal Party of Chile
Czech Pirate Party
Radical Party of the Left,
Alliance 90/The Greens
Aam Aadmi Party,
Bahujan Samaj Party,
Indonesian Solidarity Party,
 Green Party of Indonesia
Social Democratic Party,
Japanese Communist Party,
 Reiwa Shinsengumi
Party of the Democratic Revolution,
Pakistan Peoples Party
People Animals Nature,
Save Romania Union,
Democracy and Solidarity Party,
Party of the Radical Left
 Mirae Party
Spanish Socialist Worker's Party,
 Más Madrid,
Democratic Progressive Party,
 New Power Party,
Taiwan People's Party
Thai Liberal Party
Republican People's Party
Green Party of England and Wales,
 Labour Party (factions),
Scottish National Party,
Social Democratic and Labour Party
Democratic Party (factions),
 Green Party of the United States
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