Transforming America: Barack Obama in the White House

Transforming America: Barack Obama in the White House


By (author) Steven E. Schier, Contributions by John J. Coleman, Contributions by James L. Guth, Contributions by John F. Harris, Contributions by James Hohmann, Contributions by bertram N. Johnson, Contributions by Richard E. Matland, Contributions by Nancy Maveety, Contributions by James M. McCormick, Contributions by John J. Pitney

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  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Format: Hardback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 23mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 29 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 1442201789
  • ISBN 13: 9781442201781
  • Illustrations note: black & white tables

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The presidency of Barack Obama seeks a major transformation of American politics and policy. This new collection, edited by Steven E. Schier, examines the unusual combination of risk and ambition in Obama's presidency concerning popular politics, Washington politics, and economic and foreign policy. It also places the Obama presidency in historical perspective, noting the unusual circumstances of his election and the similarities and differences between presidential politics today and those of previous eras. Transforming America: Barack Obama in the White House provides a guiding focus involving the successes and failures of the administration's transformative aspirations during Obama's initial years in the White House.

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Author information

Steven E. Schier is Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science at Carleton College. He is the author or editor of eleven books, most recently Panorama of a Presidency: How George W. Bush Acquired and Spent His Political Capital and numerous scholarly and media articles.

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This is a marvelous collection of first-rate essays by some of the top scholars in their fields. It clears away a great deal of the underbrush and helps us understand the core strengths and weaknesses of President Obama's efforts to be a transformative president amid enormous challenges. -- Michael A. Genovese, Loyola Marymount University Steven Schier writes provocatively about Barack Obama's 'Big Bang' presidency and notes surprising parallels with his predecessor, George W. Bush, in an administration that was launched with transformative ambitions. The Obama administration's legacy-in the courts, with Congress and the political parties, on economic and social policy and in foreign affairs-are addressed with broad sweep. What's the likely course for the rest of Obama's tenure? Transforming America gives readers clues and analysis to help sort out that big question. -- Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Obama's "Big Bang" Presidency Chapter 2 Historical and Electoral Perspectives Chapter 3 From Reconstruction to Recession: The First Phase of the Obama Presidency in Historical Context Chapter 4 Caught Between Hope and History: Obama, Public Opinion, and the 2010 Elections Chapter 5 Parties as a Resource for Presidential Leadership: The Case of Barack Obama Chapter 6 Obama, Religious Politics, and the Culture Wars Chapter 7 Washington Governance Chapter 8 Accomplishments and Miscalculations of the Obama Presidency Chapter 9 Asymmetric Warfare: Supporters and Opponents of President Obama Chapter 10 Small Ball in the Long Game: Barack Obama and Congress Chapter 11 A Transformative Politics of Judicial Selection? President Obama and the Federal Judiciary Chapter 12 Policy Legacies Chapter 13 Obama and Social Policy: Acclamation or Alienation among Women, Minorities, and Gays? Chapter 14 The Obama Administration and the Great Recession Chapter 15 The Obama Presidency: A Foreign Policy of Change? Chapter 16 Conclusion: How Transformative a Presidency?