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Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Freedom - Andrew E. Busch

Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Freedom

Paperback Published: 28th September 2001
ISBN: 9780742520530
Number Of Pages: 336

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In Ronald Reagan's view, freedom was America's defining characteristic. Free society, however, depended on a number of elements that require deliberate cultivation. This foundation included political components like: decentralized and limited government, constitutionalism, and a discourse of freedom; the economic freedom found in a healthy market economy; social factors such as family, religion, and civil society; and a world strategy that could maintain the nation's security and independence. In addition, it was important to construct a durable electoral coalition capable of supporting limited government policies. This work examines Reagan's approach to each of these questions. What was his understanding of a free society? What strategy did he pursue in each area? What were the effects of his efforts? This work argues that Reagan's politics of freedom-found in his discourse, policy, and coalition-building achieved significant successes in the 1980s and beyond.

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Of all the books written praising or blaming Ronald Reagan, Andrew Busch's book is the best account of Ronald Reagan's understanding of his own statesmanship and the most comprehensive account of the architectonic character of that 'Statesmanship of Liberty'.--Mickey Craig, Hillsdale College

List of Tablesp. vii
List of Chartsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Reagan and American Political Discoursep. 1
Reagan and the Constitutionp. 19
Reagan, American Political Institutions, and National Moralep. 51
Reagan, Economic Freedom, and the Economic Recoveryp. 75
Reagan and the Rise and Fall of the Federal Deficitp. 119
Reagan and the (Partial) Recovery of Societyp. 151
Reagan and the Cold Warp. 185
Reagan, Coalition Building, and the Politics of Limited Governmentp. 225
Conclusionp. 251
Bibliographyp. 271
Indexp. 297
About the Authorp. 307
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ISBN: 9780742520530
ISBN-10: 0742520536
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 28th September 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.63 x 14.68  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.44