Judging Bush

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  • Copyright: 2009-09-02
  • Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
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There is no shortage of opinions on the legacy that George W. Bush will leave as forty-third president of the United States. Recognizing that Bush the Younger has been variously described as dim-witted, opportunistic, innovative, and bold, it would be presumptuous to draw any hard and fast conclusions about how history will view him. Nevertheless, it is well within our ability to begin to make preliminary judgments by weighing the existing evidence and testing assumptions.

Author Biography

Robert Maranto is the 21st Century Chair in Leadership in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Tom Lansford is Academic Dean of the Gulf Coast campus and Associate Professor of Political Science, International Development & Affairs at the University of Southern Mississippi. Jeremy Johnson is a doctoral candidate in political science at Brown University.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. xi
Preface: A Call for Modestyp. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Introduction: President Bush in Comparative Perspective
Evaluating Presidentsp. 3
Bush's Brain (No, Not Karl Rove): How Bush's Psyche Shaped His Decision Makingp. 21
The Cheneyization of the Bush Administration: Cheney Captures the Transitionp. 41
President Bush as Chief Executivep. 58
Institutions and The Policy Regime
Reactionary Ideologues and Uneasy Partisans: Bush and Realignmentp. 77
Diminishing Returns: George W. Bush and Congress, 2001-2008p. 96
Not Always According to Plan: Theory and Practice in the Bush White Housep. 115
A Legal Revolutions? The Bush Administration's Effect on the Judiciary and Civil Justice Reformp. 136
Domestic Policies
George: W. Bush's Education Legacy: The Two Faces of No Child Left Behindp. 157
The Politics of Economic Policy in a Polarized Era: The Case of George W. Bushp. 176
Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Securityp. 195
Crusade: The Bush Foreign Policies
Is the Bush Doctrine Dead?p. 215
Forging an American Empirep. 234
Fighting Two Wars Tom Lansford and Jack Covarrubiasp. 252
Between Journalism and History: Evaluating George W. Bush's Presidencyp. 273
Afterword: Why Judging George W. Bush Is Never as Easy as It Seemsp. 294
Indexp. 311
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