FDR and Reagan: Transformative Presidents With Clashing Visions

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-09-02
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas

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"FDR and Reagan is a study of how old regimes unravel, how new ones are constructed, and how the political system is rejuvenated. Adapting noted presidential scholar Stephen Skowronek's framework, Sloan analyzes how two iconic "reconstructive" presidents redefined the country's fundamental philosophy, priorities, and policies as he weighs their similarities, differences, and impacts. He compares their lives, core policies, and leadership traits and shows that today's politics and policies are still heavily influenced by these key presidencies." "Each of these men transformed the way Americans thought about the legitimate role of government, whether providing more security for citizens or stepping back from federal regulation. But, as Sloan reminds us, the new order never totally destroys the old - reconstructive presidents never completely eradicate the ideas and programs associated with the regime they replaced. Big business survived the New Deal, just as the welfare state weathered the Reagan Revolution."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

John W. Sloan is professor of political science at the University of Houston.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Reconstructive Presidents as Principal Agents of Regime Changep. 1
The Collapse of the Republican Regimep. 18
Erosion of the Liberal Regimep. 44
The Life, Personality, and Political Philosophy of Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reaganp. 66
Advising FDRp. 101
Advising Reaganp. 150
Core Policies of the New Dealp. 178
Reagan's Core Policiesp. 223
Legitimating the New Dealp. 246
Legitimating Reagan's Conservative Regimep. 287
FDR's Reconstructive Party Leadershipp. 321
Reagan's Reconstructive Party Leadershipp. 340
Conclusionp. 356
Notesp. 369
Indexp. 403
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