The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 109–121 | Cite as

Contributions of Behavioral Systems Science to Leadership for a New Progressive Movement

  • Mark A. MattainiEmail author
  • Roberto Aspholm
Original Article


We argue in this paper that we are in the midst of a period in which fundamental global change will be required if societies and many species, perhaps even our own, are to survive. The realities are inescapable, and the potential implications are likely to affect nearly every dimension of human life in the USA and globally. Current trends are discouraging and will be extraordinarily difficult to shift, given global structural realities. It is hard to imagine a time when effective leadership is more necessary or will be more challenging. Our thesis here is that behavioral systems science can contribute in meaningful ways to shaping and sustaining such leadership, leadership required to advance a new progressive movement.


Behavioral systems science New progressive movement Cultural analysis 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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