The George W. Bush Presidency: An Early Assessment [NOOK Book]

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Between his inauguration and September 11, 2001, George W. Bush's presidency appeared to lack focus. The rhetoric of the campaign trail did not readily translate into concrete policies and a closely divided Congress restrained executive action. The terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, however, changed all of that. In their aftermath, Bush emerged as a strong, decisive leader with a deep sense of purpose and certainty that inspired many Americans, even as it alienated ...

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Overview

Between his inauguration and September 11, 2001, George W. Bush's presidency appeared to lack focus. The rhetoric of the campaign trail did not readily translate into concrete policies and a closely divided Congress restrained executive action. The terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, however, changed all of that. In their aftermath, Bush emerged as a strong, decisive leader with a deep sense of purpose and certainty that inspired many Americans, even as it alienated much of the rest of the world.

In The George W. Bush Presidency: An Early Assessment, noted presidential scholar Fred I. Greenstein brings together a distinguished group of political scientists to consider the first two-and-a-half years of the George W. Bush presidency, from his leadership style and political ethos to his budgetary and foreign policies to his relationship with Congress, the electorate, and the American public. This balanced and timely volume concludes with an invaluable insider's view of the president and his administration by John J. DiIulio, the first Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

Contributors: Richard A. Brody, Ivo Daalder, John J. Dilulio, Jr., John Fortier, Hugh Heclo, Karen M. Hult, Gary Jacobson, Charles O. Jones, James Lindsay, Norman Ornstein, and Allen Schick

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The presidency of George W. Bush will be one of the most important in history. Momentous challenges are leading to momentous changes in policy and political practice. Editor Greenstein (Princeton Univ.; The Hidden-Hand Presidency), one of the nation's most respected and accomplished scholars of the presidency, organized a conference on the Bush presidency at Princeton in April 2003, assembling some of the nation's top scholars in political science. Scholarly papers from that conference make up the core of this fine book, which covers a wide range of issues, from the president's leadership style to budget problems to Bush's legislative strategy and foreign policy. The result is fair, balanced, serious, and insightful. Perhaps the most important contribution is a chapter by Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay (both of the Brookings Institution) on Bush's foreign policy revolution. Arguing that the president is engaged in too high a degree of unilateralism, the authors conclude by admitting that "the long-term consequences of the Bush administration's arrogance in exercising American power remain to be determined." As a presidential election year approaches, this book is an excellent overview of the problems, challenges, and possibilities facing both the Bush administration and the nation.-Michael A. Genovese Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Findlaw's Writ

Greenstein has pioneered and refined the use of political psychology in analyzing presidential leadership and decision making. Here, he applies his well-honed criteria to Bush.

— John W. Dean

Parameters

An excellent author in his own right, Greenstein excels as the editor for such well-knowns as Richard A. Brody, Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay, John Fortier, Allen Schick, et al.... For those desiring insight into the President's style and political vision, this work serves as the ideal primer.

— Robert H. Taylor

Perspectives on Political Science

The first sober, academic look at the George W. Bush presidency... The contributors to the book not only succeed in merging the immediate and the theoretical, but they do so with uniform success.

— Robert Spitzer

Choice

This collection by prominent political scientists covers President George W. Bush's political style, guiding beliefs, White House organization, budget and foreign policies, legislative strategies, the ups and downs of the public's view of this presidency, and its impact on the partisan balance in the electorate.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801881510
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Fred I. Greenstein is professor emeritus of political science and director of the Research Program in Leadership Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. His many books include The Reagan Presidency: An Early Assessment and The Hidden-Hand Presidency: Eisenhower as Leader, both published by Johns Hopkins.

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Table of Contents


Contents:

Chapter 1

The Leadership Style of George W. BushChapter 2

The Political Ethos of George W. BushChapter 3

The Bush White House in Comparative PerspectiveChapter 4

Bush's Budget ProblemChapter 5

Bush's Foreign Policy RevolutionChapter 6

President Bush: Legislative StrategistChapter 7

Capitalizing on Position in a Perfect TieChapter 8

The Bush Presidency and the American ElectorateChapter 9

President Bush and the PublicChapter 10

A View from Within

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