Ronald Reagan's America

Ronald Reagan's America

Hardback Contributions in Political Science

Edited by Eric J. Schmertz, Edited by Natalie Datlof, Edited by Alexej Ugrinsky


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  • Publisher: Greenwood Press
  • Format: Hardback | 896 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 248mm x 57mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 30 April 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Westport
  • ISBN 10: 0313301166
  • ISBN 13: 9780313301162
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: index

Product description

Supporters of the Reagan presidency claim that the Reagan Revolution defeated inflation, reduced the role of government, rehabilitated the authority of the states and local government, and established a sensible balance between industrial progress and environmental protection. Opponents assert that these policies increased the national debt by more than $1 trillion, gutted social programs, and created a trickle-down economy that increased unemployment, insecurity, homelessness, and the percentage of Americans living at or below the poverty level. Both positions are argued by such participants as Edwin Meese III, James G. Watt, and Lyn Nofzinger, and such commentators and scholars as Mike Wallace, Roy Innis, and Kenneth W. Thompson. Students of the era as well as of the presidency and the evolution of domestic political and social affairs will find provocative and insightful observations in this volume.

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Author information

ERIC J. SCHMERTZ is Edward F. Carlough Distinguished Professor of Law at the Hofstra University Law School. NATALIE DATLOF is Director of Liaison and Creative Development, Hofstra University Cultural Center. ALEXEJ UGRINSKY is Director of Documentation, Finance and Planning, Hofstra University Cultural Center.

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?Ronald Reagan's America provides a useful contribution to the body of work that analyzes and evaluates the Reagan presidency. It would make a good addition to liberary collections on contemporary American politics.?-Perspectives on Political Science

Table of contents

Personal Perspectives: Overviews; The Reagan Years - A Reporter's Notebook, Mike Wallace; The Presidency and Ronald Reagan, Ralph C. Bledsoe; The Ronald Reagan I Know - Policy, Politics and residential Leadership, Edwin Meese III. National Perspectives: conservative Agenda; Reagan's Long-Term Legacy, Martin Anderson; Ronald Reagan's Public Philosophy - Strands of Jefferson and Hamilton, Andrew E. Busch; If They Did So Well, Why Do They Feel So Bad? The Right After the Reagan Years, Jerome L. Himmelstein; Roanld Reagan and the Reformation of American Conservatism, Paul Peterson; Deregulation; Banking on the Brink - The Legacy of the Reagan Administration's Deregulation of Banking and Finance, Tmothy A. Canova; Deregulation Gone Awry - The Savings and Loan Debacle, Lawrence J. White; Antitrust - A Study in Deregulation, Theodore P. Kovaleff; Civil Rights; The Reagan Civil Rights Legacy, Norman C. Amaker; The Environment; Hazardous Waste Policy, the Reagan Revolution and the "Democratic Deficit" in America, Robert F. Durant; Domestic Policy; "A Nation Under God" - Ronald Reagan and the Crusade for School Prayer, Bruce J. Dierenfield; Agenda Setting in the Reagan Administration - The Political Evolution of Medicare Catastrophic Coverage, Carolyn R. Thompson; Family Policy During the Reagan Years - Teh Private Side of the Conservative Agency, Steven K. Wisensale; Reagan and American labor (Part Contents).