Between Promise and Policy

Between Promise and Policy : Ronald Reagan and Conservative Reformism

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Between Promise and Policy is a thoughtful and intriguing study that compares the professed ideals and actual realities of conservative reformism leading up to, and during, the Reagan presidency. The author examines Ronald Reagan's defense program, his policies to reduce the size of the federal government, regulatory reform, and the reprioritizing of government expenditures. Karaagac concludes that the Regan administration effectively employed ideology as a political tool: President Reagan could alternate between being pragmatic and flexible, in order to score political victories, while making a stand as a staunch defender of conservative principles in order to rally his more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739100947
  • 9780739100943

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Intellectual Background to Conservative Reformism Chapter 3 Ronald Reagan: The Citizen Politician as Reformer Chapter 4 Foreign Policy and Reform: The Conservative Vision Chapter 5 Foreign Policy: The Reagan Reality Chapter 6 National Security: The Conservative Vision Chapter 7 Military Reform? The Reagan Peacetime Buildup Chapter 8 Administrative Reform: The Conservative Vision Chapter 9 The Reagan Years: Scaling Back the State? Chapter 10 Regulatory Reform: The Conservative Vision Chapter 11 The Reagan Years: One Giant Step Backwards? Chapter 12 Fiscal Reform: The Conservative Vision Chapter 13 The Reagan Years: Balancing the Books? Chapter 14 The Moral Dimensions of Reform: The Conservative Vision Chapter 15 The Reagan Years: The Paradox of the Non-Revolution Chapter 16 Conclusions: Ronald Reagan and the Promise of Reform Chapter 17 Conclusions: The Conservatism of American Reformshow more

About John Karaagac

John Karaagac is a consultant and editor who received his doctorate from Johns Hopkins more

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Karaagac develops his theme within an excellent presentation of the breakdown of the New Deal coalition and its foreign policy assumptions. CHOICEshow more

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