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Domestic Policy and Ideology : Presidents and the American State, 1964-1987 - David McKay

Domestic Policy and Ideology

Presidents and the American State, 1964-1987

Hardcover Published: 30th March 2007
ISBN: 9780521320337
Number Of Pages: 236

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Presidential leadership in America can and does make a great deal of difference to what is debated and eventually legislated. At the same time presidents are obviously constrained by what is always a complex and difficult political environment. In this study Dr McKay examines the interaction between presidentail policy preferences and the political environment, concentrating on welfare and urban policy and intergovernmental relations under Johnson, Nixon, Carter and Reagan. McKay traces the origins of domestic initiatives, assesses the intellectual coherence of policies and examines the ways in which the four presidents adapted their strategies according to their legislative fortunes and the experience of implementing policies. Throughout the work, McKay measures the independent influence of the White House on policy and draws conclusions for theories of American political development, in particular for the opportunities and constraints provided by the fragmentation of the New Deal political regime.

Preface and acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
The presidency, public policy and American political development
Explaining federal spending
Lyndon Johnson: executive-led ideology
Richard Nixon: reluctant reformer?
Carter and the politics of confusion
Disengagement under Reagan: I. The new federalism
Disengagement under Reagan: II. A centralist strategy for devolution
The presidency and regime fragmentation
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521320337
ISBN-10: 052132033X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 30th March 2007
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 15.9  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.45