High Risk And Big Ambition: Presidency of George W. Bush / Edition 1

High Risk And Big Ambition: Presidency of George W. Bush / Edition 1

by Steven Schier
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822958503

ISBN-13: 9780822958505

Pub. Date: 05/30/2004

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

Elected with no clear public mandate, George W. Bush achieved surprising legislative successes in his early months in the White House. Following September 11, 2001, his public support rose to unprecedented heights. Actions taken in the following months and years have revealed the exceptionally ambitious nature of the Bush presidency.

High Risk and Big Ambition

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Overview

Elected with no clear public mandate, George W. Bush achieved surprising legislative successes in his early months in the White House. Following September 11, 2001, his public support rose to unprecedented heights. Actions taken in the following months and years have revealed the exceptionally ambitious nature of the Bush presidency.

High Risk and Big Ambition brings together leading presidency scholars and journalists to assess the trajectory and character of Bush’s time in office. The common theme running through their contributions is that this presidency is best characterized by a series of bold political and policy risks in the service of two primary goals: the transformation of American foreign policy and the creation of a lasting Republican dominance of domestic politics.

Included are discussions of foreign policy, national security, the war in Iraq, Bush’s leadership style, religious politics, and economic policy. George W. Bush emerges as an "orthodox innovator" who skillfully deploys both personal politics and the power of his office in an effort to complete the conservative governmental agenda initiated by Ronald Reagan. Yet because of the size of his ambitions, each success sets up a greater risk of failure. That alone makes his presidency one of the most interesting and consequential in decades.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822958505
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
05/30/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

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Introduction : George W. Bush's Project1
Pt. IHistorical perspectives
1The George W. Bush presidency in historical context17
2Political warfare during wartime : George W. Bush and the Democrats37
3The party base of presidential leadership and legitimacy55
Pt. IIPopular politics
4The likeable partisan : George W. Bush and the transformation of the American presidency79
5George W. Bush and William J. Clinton : the hedgehog and the fox97
6George W. Bush and religious politics117
Pt. IIIWashington politics
7One president, two presidencies : George W. Bush in peace and war145
8A stake in the sand : George W. Bush and Congress167
Pt. IVForeign and economic policy
9The foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration189
10The persistent mandate : George W. Bush and economic leadership224
Conclusion : George W. Bush's prospects246
Notes255
References259
List of contributors281
Index285

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