Republican Ascendancy: American Politics, 1968-2001 / Edition 1

Republican Ascendancy: American Politics, 1968-2001 / Edition 1

by Michael Schaller, George Rising
     
 

ISBN-10: 0882959700

ISBN-13: 9780882959702

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Harlan Davidson, Inc.

Schaller (history, U. of Arizona) and Rising (doctoral candidate in American history, U. of Arizona) argue that the Republican party has achieved success in recent American politics by continuing efforts at wooing key groups of voters disenchanted with liberal ideas and policies and splitting them off from the Democrats. Analyzing the process as a series of four

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Schaller (history, U. of Arizona) and Rising (doctoral candidate in American history, U. of Arizona) argue that the Republican party has achieved success in recent American politics by continuing efforts at wooing key groups of voters disenchanted with liberal ideas and policies and splitting them off from the Democrats. Analyzing the process as a series of four stages, they examine Nixon's strategy of winning Southern Democrats with conservative positions on race, late 1970s efforts to bring economic conservatism and anticommunist nationalism to the fore, Newt Gingrich's attempt to transform the country into a right-wing bastion, and George W. Bush's electoral attempts to distance himself from conservative ideologies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882959702
Publisher:
Harlan Davidson, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
American History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 7.87(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

ForewordVII
PrefaceXIII
Chapter 1Republicans in a Democratic Age, 1932-19681
Republican Party Dominance before the New Deal, 1860-19323
Republicans against Roosevelt, 1933-19456
The Cold War, the Red Scare, and Republican Resurgence, 1946-195211
President Eisenhower's Republican Interlude, 1953-196013
Revitalizing Conservative Thought in the Postwar Era, 1945-196416
Liberalism, Backlash, and Republican Revival, 1961-196820
Chapter 2Richard Nixon and the Paradox of the "New Republican Majority," 1969-197427
Continuity of Liberal Domestic Policy31
The Southern Strategy: Building a Conservative Bloc35
Nixon's War: Vietnam and Foreign Affairs41
The Road to Watergate and Ruin45
Chapter 3Stagnation, Malaise, and Conservative Revival, 1974-198054
Watergate's Legacy, Political Reform, and Carter's 1976 Election56
Economic Stagnation: The End of the Postwar Boom59
The Growing Conservative Movement62
The Decay of the Democratic Party and the Backlash against Liberalism68
Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and the 1980 Election77
Chapter 4Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Republican Ascendancy, 1981-199283
The "Reagan Revolution"84
Reagan's New Cold War, 1981-198688
The Reagan-Bush Economic and Social Record90
Reagan's 1984 Reelection and Second Term100
George H. W. Bush, Michael Dukakis, and the 1988 Election105
The End of the Cold War and Bush's "New World Order"112
George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and the 1992 Election114
Chapter 5New Democrats and Republican Revolutionaries, 1993-2000119
Republicans versus Clinton, 1993-1994120
Newt Gingrich, the 1994 Elections, and the "Republican Revolution" of 1995127
The End of the "Republican Revolution" and Clinton's 1996 Reelection132
The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton138
U.S. Foreign Relations during the Clinton Era, 1993-2000145
George W. Bush, Al Gore, and the 2000 Election149
Conclusion: The Rise and Fall of Republicans' Conservative Strategies, 1968-2001155
Republicans and the "Party System" of 1968-2001155
The Decline of the Republicans' Conservative Strategies in the 1990s157
A Permanent Republican (or Democratic) Majority in the Twenty-First Century?165
Bibliographical Essay170
Index189

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