America's Right Turn: From Nixon to Clinton / Edition 2

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In America's Right Turn historian William Berman examines the political, cultural, and economic contexts in which Republican conservatives operated and explores the crisis of the liberal welfare state against the background of presidential politics. Berman demonstrates the key roles played by conservative populism and the conservative backlash to the rights revolution in the collapse of Democratic hegemony. But most importantly, he shows how conservative politics became allied with conservative economics—an alliance forged with singular success during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. In this new edition, Berman discusses the initial failure of the Clinton administration to establish a viable political alternative to the GOP. Berman also shows how Clinton won reelection in l996 by moving steadily to the center, even to the extent of co-opting the Republican agenda, while defending a number of key Democratic programs.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Political Studies

A very good, concise and highly readable account of the rise of the 'New Right' in the United States. It will prove very useful to undergraduate students in courses on political science and contemporary history.

American Historical Review

Anyone who teaches American History will find William C. Berman's book a useful source in preparing lectures on the politics of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

Journal of American History

Clearly advances discussion of the political transformations from the late 1960s to the early 1990s. Berman is especially helpful in untangling the interaction of economic change, economic policy making and electoral politics.

Journal of Southern History

Berman writes in clear, unbiased prose and places large trends in context. He does especially well explaining the significance of the decline in the power of organized labor, as both cause and effect of the conservative trend... An excellent case study.

Berman attributes the shift to a fracture of the left over the Vietnam War, the inflation of the 1970s, opposition to the rights revolution, and the globalization of the economy as well as to purely ideological changes or belief in a mystical Free Market. He has corrected the 1994 edition, added a chapter on the Clinton administration, and updated the bibliography. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801858727
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/1998
  • Series: The American Moment Series
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

William C. Berman is professor emeritus of history at the University of Toronto. He is the author of The Politics of Civil Rights in the Truman Administration and William Fulbright and the Vietnam War: The Dissent of a Political Realist.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Introduction 1
1 The Politics of Culture and Class, 1964-1974 5
2 The Conservative Upsurge, 1974-1976 21
3 Jimmy Carter and the Crisis of Liberalism 37
4 The Triumph of Conservatism, 1980 60
5 The Reagan Revolution 85
6 Conservatism in Decline, 1985-1992 119
7 The Clinton Center 164
Conclusion 188
Bibliographical Essay 193
Index 211
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