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High risk and big ambition : the presidency of George W. Bush
Schier, Steven E.
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Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2004]

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ix, 292 pages ; 23 cm
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E902 .H54 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Assesses the trajectory and character of Bush's time in office--a presidency  best characterized by a series of bold risks in the service of two primary goals: the transformation of American foreign policy and the creation of a lasting Republican dominance of domestic politics.

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This is one of a spate of recent collections analyzing the George W. Bush presidency. Schier's book clearly is stronger than Considering the Bush Presidency, ed. by Gary Gregg and Mark Rozell (2004), but falls short of the more empirical analyses in Colin Campbell and Bert Rockman (editors), The George W. Bush Presidency (2004.) One of the strengths of Schier's book is his opening chapter analyzing the second Bush administration within the historic framework of Stephen Skowronek's The Politics Presidents Make (1997). Schier has four topics spread among 10 chapters--examining historical perspective, popular politics, Washington politics, and foreign and economic policy. The authors generally are neither harsh nor shrill in their assessment of the president, frequently comparing him with either his father or predecessor. Nicol Rae contributes a thoughtful chapter on the governing "legitimacy" of Bush and the previous four presidents who relied on the Electoral College rather than the popular vote to win the presidency. In another notable chapter, James Guth examines Bush and religious politics. Other chapters focus on the president and his party base, foreign policy making, relations with Democrats, war leadership, standing in the polls, relations with Congress, and economic policies. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers, undergraduate, graduate, and researchers/faculty libraries. R. E. Dewhirst Northwest Missouri State University

Table of Contents

Steven E. SchierNicol C. RaeJohn J. Pitney Jr.Kevin S. Price and John J. ColemanJohn Kenneth White and John J. ZogbyJohn F. HarrisJames L. GuthPeri E. ArnoldBertram JohnsonJames M. McCormickRaymond Tatalovich and John FrendreisSteven E. Schier
List of Tablesp. ix
Introduction: George W. Bush's Projectp. 1
Part I. Historical Perspectives
1. The George W. Bush Presidency in Historical Contextp. 17
2. Political Warfare during Wartime: George W. Bush and the Democratsp. 37
3. The Party Base of Presidential Leadership and Legitimacyp. 55
Part II. Popular Politics
4. The Likeable Partisan: George W. Bush and the Transformation of the American Presidencyp. 79
5. George W. Bush and William J. Clinton: The Hedgehog and the Foxp. 97
6. George W. Bush and Religious Politicsp. 117
Part III. Washington Politics
7. One President, Two Presidencies: George W. Bush in Peace and Warp. 145
8. A Stake in the Sand: George W. Bush and Congressp. 167
Part IV. Foreign and Economic Policy
9. The Foreign Policy of the George W. Bush Administrationp. 189
10. The Persistent Mandate: George W. Bush and Economic Leadershipp. 224
Conclusion: George W. Bush's Prospectsp. 246
Notesp. 255
Referencesp. 259
List of Contributorsp. 281
Indexp. 285