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

Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Freedom

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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.

While journalistic and fanciful accounts of Ronald Reagan's presidency abound, Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Freedom is the only comprehensive study produced by an eminent political scientist. This thoughtful and thought-provoking work holds the Reagan presidency to the highest standards of statesmanship and finds it passing with honors, indeed high honors in foreign policy, the economy, constitutionalism, and national morale. Busch has caught some of Reagan's optimism, but his book is no hagiography; it is serious scholarship presented in clear prose.--Ken Masugi, Claremont Institute

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