Ronald Reagan's America

Ronald Reagan's America

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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 more

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  • Hardback | 896 pages
  • 165.1 x 247.65 x 57.15mm | 662.24g
  • Greenwood Press
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • index
  • 0313301166
  • 9780313301162

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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 Scienceshow more

About Eric J. Schmertz

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 more

Table of contents

Preface by Eric J. Schmertz Personal Perspectives Overviews The Reagan Years: A Reporter's Notebook by Mike Wallace The Presidency and Ronald Reagan by Ralph C. Bledsoe The Ronald Reagan I Know: Policy, Politics, and Presidential Leadership by Edwin Meese III National Perspectives Conservative Agenda Reagan's Long-Term Legacy by Martin Anderson Ronald Reagan's Public Philosophy: Strands of Jefferson and Hamilton by Andrew E. Busch If They Did So Well, Why Do They Feel So Bad? The Right after the Reagan Years by Jerome L. Himmelstein Ronald Reagan and the Reformation of American Conservatism by Paul Peterson Deregulation Banking on the Brink: The Legacy of the Reagan Administration's Deregulation of Banking and Finance by Timothy A. Canova Deregulation Gone Awry: The Savings-and-Loan Debacle by Lawrence J. White Antitrust: A Study in Deregulation by Theodore P. Kovaleff Civil Rights The Reagan Civil Rights Legacy by Norman C. Amaker The Environment Hazardous Waste Policy, the Reagan Revolution, and the "Democratic Deficit" in America by Robert F. Durant Domestic Policy "A Nation under God": Ronald Reagan and the Crusade for School Prayer by Bruce J. Dierenfield Agenda Setting in the Reagan Administration: The Political Evolution of Medicare Catastrophic Coverage by Carolyn R. Thompson Family Policy during the Reagan Years: The Private Side of the Conservative Agency by Steve K. Wisensale Reagan and American Labor Labor Policies of the Reagan Administration by Herbert R. Northrup The Reagan Judiciary Reagan's Judges: A Latent Revolution? by W. Gary Fowler, Donald W. Jackson, and James W. Riddlesperger, Jr. The Rise of the Arrogant Presidency: Separation of Powers in the Reagan Presidency by Nancy Kassop The "Reagan Revolution" and the Federal Judiciary by David M. O'Brien Reagan and the Congress A Positive Negative: Veto Strategy and Success by the Reagan Administration by Samuel B. Hoff Executive Privilege in the Reagan Administration: Diluting a Constitutional Doctrine by Mark J. Rozell Contempt for Congress: The Reagan Administration, Congress, and the War Powers Resolution by Duane Tananbaum The Reagan White House The Men around Reagan by Dom Bonafede Ronald Reagan's Contrasting Chiefs of Staff by James P. Pfiffner The Reagan Administrative Style Ronald Reagan's Administrative Presidency: Costs, Contradictions, and the Future of Administrative Action by Ronald P. Seyb President Reagan's Administrative Formula by John W. Sloan "There He Goes Again": The Consistent Style of President, Governor, and Candidate Reagan by Leonard P. Stark Reagan's Foreign Policy: Personal or Institutional Triumph? by Kenneth W. Thompson The Elections of 1980 and 1984 Ronald Reagan: Campaign Rhetoric and Administrative Performance by Michael G. Krukones The Vice Presidency The Bush Vice Presidency: Getting Right with the Right by Herbert S. Parmet The First Lady The Ultimate Political Partner: Nancy Reagan's Contribution to the Reagan Presidency by James S. Rosebush Reagan and FDR Reagan's FDR: (Re)constructing the New Deal Memory by Philip Abbott Rendezvous with Destiny: The Influence of Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the Life and Presidency of Ronald Reagan by Michael P. Riccards Assessments The Cabinet Assesses the Presidency The Reagan Experience with the Cabinet Government by Shirley Anne Warshaw Economists Assess the Presidency The Great Communicator: Reagan and the Media Ronald Reagan and Machiavelli: Appearance vs. Reality by Leslie Feldman "Why Shouldn't We Believe That? We Are Americans": Rhetorical Myths and Fantasies in the Reagan Inaugurals by John Kares Smith Indexshow more