How has Barack Obama done in his first term as a "progressive president," especially in relation to his campaign assertions? This book analyzes the performance of Obama and his administration in promoting progressive causes in a wide range of policy areas, including the economy, education, immigration, healthcare reform, criminal justice, and foreign affairs.
|Publisher:||Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Luigi Esposito, PhD, is associate professor of sociology and criminology at Barry University, Miami Shores, FL.
Laura L. Finley, PhD, is assistant professor of sociology and criminology at Barry University, Miami Shores, FL.
Table of Contents
Foreword Leonard Pitts ix
Introduction Obama and the Promise of Change Luigi Esposito Laura L. Finley 1
Chapter 1 Progressivism and Economics: The Case of President Obama Steven L. Arxer Matthew Babcock Walter Borges 21
Chapter 2 Educating the "Education President" Jung Min Choi Tashina J. Vavuris Mariko Ono 41
Chapter 3 Negotiating Health: The Challenges of Progressive Healthcare Reform in the United States Lisa Konczal 59
Chapter 4 Obama, Progressivism, Harm Reduction, and Drug Policy: From War to Health and Rights Fernando M. Perez 79
Chapter 5 "In the Land of the Blind": Evaluating Obama's Environmental Record Kent D. Shifferd 99
Chapter 6 Rating the 44th President on Immigration Randall Amster Margaret Groarke 119
Chapter 7 Obama at War Nicolas J. S. Davies 143
Chapter 8 Race and the Obama Presidency Victor Romano Melanie Sberna Hinojosa 163
Chapter 9 The First Female President? Assessing Obama's First-Term Work on Women's Issues Laura L. Finley 183
Chapter 10 Waiting for Change: Obama and the LGBT Community P. Tom Semm Christina Sanchez-Weston 203
Chapter 11 Being Progressive on National Security: The Rolling Back of Bush Administration Policies and Keeping America Safe Christian A. I. Schlaerth Aaron Puhrmann Katelyn Rozenbroek Hilary H. Cook 221
Conclusion: Obama and the Future of Progressivism in the United States Laura L. Finley Luigi Esposito 241
About the Editors and Contributors 255