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Beschreibung

Deadlock and Disillusionment: American Politics Since 1968 is an insightful consideration of the events people, and policy debates that have shaped and continue to influence, even control, the current political era.

  • Rejects conventional wisdom that the dominant force shaping recent American politics in the last half century has been the 'rise of the Right'
  • Considers the achievements and frustrations of each administration, from Nixon to Obama, in its assessment of contemporary U.S. politics
  • Features authorship by an expert scholar in the field who takes a thematic rather than a partisan approach to recent American politics
  • Offers a concise, comprehensive, and thoroughly up-to-date synthesis of the literature in the field and concludes with a comprehensive bibliographical essay, an aid to student research


Autorentext

Gary W. Reichard is Provost / Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of History at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. In addition to teaching post-World War II United States history at the college level, Reichard has taught the history of American political parties and the history of American immigration and ethnicity. He is the author of The Reaffirmation of Republicanism: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Eighty-third Congress and Politics as Usual: The Age of Truman and Eisenhower (2nd Ed.), and is a former member of the Executive Board of the Organization of American Historians.



Klappentext
Polarization, divisiveness, and dysfunction are defining features of early 21st-century American politicswith no apparent end in sight. How did we get here? Deadlock and Disillusionment: American Politics Since 1968 explores the politics and policy debates, from the Nixon administration to the waning days of the Obama presidency, that have shaped the present-day political landscape. Rejecting the conventional wisdom that the recent political era has been characterized by the rise and primacy of the political right, in this latest volume in the distinguished American History Series, Gary Reichard shows how recent decades have been characterized by a hardening deadlock between the parties and increasing disillusionment in the electorate. Initial chapters take us from Nixon's cynical "Southern strategy" and the emergent Republican majority, to the Watergate scandal and its aftermath, up through the abandonment of idealism in the late 1970s. Themes explored in the decade of the '80s include the rise of the right-wing politics, culture wars, and Reaganomicsfollowed by a look at the very real costs of trickle down economics. Reichard then traces the deepening divide of the final decade of the twentieth century by exploring such issues as the illusion of a liberal revival, the quest for a post-Cold War foreign policy, and the crises of the Clinton presidency. Coverage of the polarizing politics of the early years of the new millennium includes the divisive resolution of Bush vs. Gore and partisan battles over the war on terrorism. The concluding chapter explores partisanship since 2008 by looking at the politics of hope, government by dysfunction, and the trench warfare that is contemporary politics. Timely and thought-provoking, Deadlock and Disillusionment offers illuminating insights into the roots and evolution of the near permanent state of gridlock that has come to define America's contemporary political era.

Zusammenfassung
Deadlock and Disillusionment: American Politics Since 1968 is an insightful consideration of the events people, and policy debates that have shaped and continue to influence, even control, the current political era.
  • Rejects conventional wisdom that the dominant force shaping recent American politics in the last half century has been the rise of the Right
  • Considers the achievements and frustrations of each administration, from Nixon to Obama, in its assessment of contemporary U.S. politics
  • Features authorship by an expert scholar in the field who takes a thematic rather than a partisan approach to recent American politics
  • Offers a concise, comprehensive, and thoroughly up-to-date synthesis of the literature in the field and concludes with a comprehensive bibliographical essay, an aid to student research


Inhalt
List of Illustrations vii

Preface ix

Introduction: 1968The End of an Era 1

1 The Politics of Cynicism, 19681974 5

The Shaping of a New Majority 7

Conservatism as Reform 16

The Politics of War and Détente 19

Watergate and Its Aftermath 30

2 The Futility of Moderation, 19741976 43

The Politics of Forgiveness 44

President as Political Prisoner 48

Détente Derailed 53

3 Dashed Hopes, 19761980 60

Fractured Majority 61

Threading the Needle 73

The Abandonment of Idealism 78

4 Dogma and (More) Disappointment, 19801988 89

The Rise of the Right 90

Reaganomics 96

Culture Wars and Party Politics 107

Reagan's World 117

5 Squandering the Inheritance, 19881992 136

Succession by Hardball 137

The Bills Come Due 144

New World (Dis)Order 153

6 The Deepening Divide, 19922000 171

The Illusion of Liberal Revival 172

The Politics of Triangulation 187

Quest for a Post?]Cold War Foreign Policy 200

Crises of the Clinton Presidency 212

7 The Politics of Polarization, 20002008 221

Ultimate Deadlock: Bush v. Gore 222

The Politics of Anti?]terrorism 233

Imagined Mandate 248

The Politics of Certitude 262

8 The Politics of Red and Blue, since 2008 277

The Politics of Hope 279

Government by Dysfunction 296

The Politics of Trench Warfare 315

Conclusion: Deadlock and Disillusionment 328

Bibliographical Essay 335

Index 355

Produktinformationen

Titel: Deadlock and Disillusionment
Untertitel: American Politics since 1968
Autor:
EAN: 9781118934371
ISBN: 978-1-118-93437-1
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Wiley-Blackwell
Genre: Religion, Theologie
Anzahl Seiten: 384
Veröffentlichung: 22.02.2016
Jahr: 2016
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 4.5 MB