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Taking the Measure: The Presidency of George W. Bush

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Some of today?s most prominent experts on the American presidency offer their perspectives, commentary, and analyses in this volume of studies, commissioned by the Fulbright Institute of International Relations and the Blair Center of Southern Politics and Culture, both at the University of Arkansas.

With a shared focus on Bush?s decision-making style, the impact of increasing partisanship, economic issues?especially after the 2008 financial meltdown?and, of course, the ...

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Overview

Some of today’s most prominent experts on the American presidency offer their perspectives, commentary, and analyses in this volume of studies, commissioned by the Fulbright Institute of International Relations and the Blair Center of Southern Politics and Culture, both at the University of Arkansas.

With a shared focus on Bush’s decision-making style, the impact of increasing partisanship, economic issues—especially after the 2008 financial meltdown—and, of course, the cumulative impact of 9/11 and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, the contributors link their observations and conclusions to broader political and policy-related questions. They also take the opportunity to compare the Bush presidency with that of his successor, Barack Obama, through the latter administration’s experience of disappointment in the 2010 congressional elections.

The debate over the Bush legacy will not soon end, and this volume does not presume to offer the definitive, final commentary. It does, however, bridge the gap between dispassionate academic commentary written essentially for scholars and the sort of informed and unbiased analysis written for a larger public audience, contributing to the public understanding of our recent national experience. Taking the Measure: The Presidency of George W. Bush contributes significantly to the beginnings of careful, systematic consideration of the George W. Bush presidency.

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Choice Magazine - A. L. Warber
“Taking the Measure: The Presidency of George W. Bush provides one of the first attempts by major scholars to assess the George W. Bush Presidency. This book probes and assess Bush’s leadership abilities and his efforts to expand presidential powers. The book’s main contribution is that it begins a scholarly dialogue on the political successes and failures of the George W. Bush administration and its influence on the state of the US presidency. One of the strengths of this work is that it can reach a broad readership both within and outside the academic community who are seeking a more serious objective treatment of the Bush years in the White House.” —Choice
Ryan J. Barilleaux
“The literature on the Bush presidency is large, but most of it is polemical or journalistic in nature. This book makes a solid contribution to the emerging scholarly literature on the presidency of George W. Bush.”—Ryan J. Barilleaux, Paul Rejai Professor of Political Science, Miami University in Ohio
Lori Cox Han
“The scholarship is top notch, and [this book is] a defining contemporary assessment by political scientists about the Bush presidency. It is interesting, engaging, and [is] an excellent choice as a supplemental text in a presidency course.”—Lori Cox Han, Professor of Political Science, Chapman University
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Meet the Author

DONALD R. KELLEY is former director of the Fulbright Institute of International Relations and Professor of Political Science at the University of Arkansas. TODD G. SHIELDS is director of the Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society, dean of the Graduate School, and former associate dean of the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas.

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