The Carter Presidency: Policy Choices in the Post-New Deal Era / Edition 1

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After the Nixon and Ford administrations, liberal Democrats hoped Jimmy Carter's election in 1976 would restore the New Deal agenda in the White House. Instead, during four tumultuous years in office, Carter endorsed many of the fiscal and economic policies later espoused by his Republican successor, Ronald Reagan. But Carter also backed most New Deal social programs and, however reluctantly, pursued a traditional containment foreign policy.

In this book more than a dozen eminent scholars provide a balanced overview of key elements of Carter's presidency, examining the significance of his administration within the context of evolving American policy choices after World War II. They seek not only to understand the troubled Carter presidency but also to identify the changes that precipitated and accompanied the demise of the New Deal order.

By the time Carter took office many Americans had become disenchanted with big government and welfare spending, and his presidency is viewed in these pages as a transitional administration. As this volume demonstrates, Carter's dilemma emerged from his effort to steer a course between traditional expectations of federal government and new political and economic realities. While most of the contributors agree that his administration may be justly criticized for failing to find that course, they generally conclude that Carter was more successful than his critics acknowledge.

These thirteen original essays cover such topics as the economy, trade and industrial policies, welfare reform, energy, environment, civil rights, feminism, and foreign policy. They offer thoughtful assessments of Carter's performance, focusing on policy both as cause and effect of the post-industrial transformation of American society that shadowed his administration. A final essay shows how Carter's public spirited post-presidential career has made him one of America's greatest ex-presidents.

Grounded on research conducted at the Carter Library, The Carter Presidency is an incisive reassessment of an isolated Democratic administration from the vantage point of twenty years. It is a milestone in the historical appraisal of that administration, inviting us to take a new look at Jimmy Carter and see what his presidency represented for a dramatically changing America.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of American History
An extremely important, indeed landmark, contribution to Jimmy Carter scholarship.
Perspective on Political Science
Superb. An insightful and provocative analysis.
Library Journal
Though Jimmy Carter's presidency was sandwichedunhappily, for the most partbetween the Nixon-Ford and Reagan-Bush eras, the years from 1976 to 1980 were highly significant in revealing the country's marked shift from the fast-fading New Deal. Carter understood better than most of his advisors that a transition was underway and moving fast. To help us understand this crucial period, editors Fink and Graham have gathered the results of a 1997 conference at the Carter Library in Atlanta that sought to assess the Carter presidency from the vantage point of 20 years. This remarkable volume contains the insights of some of our most distinguished historians and political scientists, including the venerable William E. Leuchtenburg, Melvyn Dubofsky, James T. Patterson, and William Stueck. Surveying various policy initiatives undertaken by Carter, these scholars create a context for the Carter years that is unique in its quality and coverage. Their essays capture the essence of the period, giving readers a sharper sense of Carter's successes and failures. This exceptional book will serve as a critical guide to the Carter presidency for years to come. Highly recommended.Edward Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames
With research grounded at the Carter Library, contributors in 13 original essays reassess the Carter presidency and his more successful postpresidency (per Rutgers historian Chambers) from the vantage point of 20 years. A pivotal dilemma framing his 1976- 80 term was to steer a transitional course between New Deal-based expectations of the federal government and disenchantment with big government spending. Issues span civil rights, energy, the environment, feminism, foreign policy, trade, and welfare reform. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700610976
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents



1. Jimmy Carter and the Post-New Deal Presidency, William E. Leuchtenburg

2. The Quest for National Goals, 1957-81, Robert H. Zieger

3. Slouching toward the Supply Side: Jimmy Carter and the New American Economy, Bruce J. Schulman

4. The Locomotive Loses Power: The Trade and Industrial Policies of Jimmy Carter, Judith Stein

5. Jimmy Carter and the End of the Politics of Productivity, Melvyn Dubofsky

6. Jimmy Carter and Welfare Reform, James T. Patterson

7. Carter's Urban Policy Crisis, Thomas J. Sugrue

8. An Age of Limits: Jimmy Carter and the Quest for a National Energy Policy, John C. Barrow

9. Environmental Policy during the Carter Presidency, Jeffrey K. Stine

10. Civil Rights Policy in the Carter Presidency, Hugh Davis Graham

11. Feminism, Public Policy, and the Carter Administration, Susan M. Hartmann

12. Placing Jimmy Carter's Foreign Policy, William Stueck

13. The Agenda Continued: Jimmy Carter's Postpresidency, John Whiteclay Chambers II

Bibliographic Essay, Suzanne Litke



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