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FDR and Reagan : transformative presidents with clashing visions / John W. Sloan.

By: Sloan, John W, 1940-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2008Description: x, 427 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780700616152 (cloth : alk. paper); 0700616152 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 -- Political and social views | Reagan, Ronald -- Political and social views | Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 -- Influence | Reagan, Ronald -- Influence | Social change -- United States -- Case studies | United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945 | United States -- Politics and government -- 1981-1989 | Presidents -- United States -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Online version:: FDR and Reagan.DDC classification: 973.917092
Contents:
Reconstructive presidents as principal agents of regime change -- The collapse of the Republican regime -- Erosion of the liberal regime -- The life, personality, and political philosophy of Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan -- Advising FDR -- Advising Reagan -- Core policies of the new deal -- Reagan's core policies -- Legitimating the New Deal -- Legitimating Reagan's conservative Regime -- FDR's reconstructive party leadership -- Reagan's reconstructive party leadership.
Review: "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."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Reconstructive presidents as principal agents of regime change -- The collapse of the Republican regime -- Erosion of the liberal regime -- The life, personality, and political philosophy of Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan -- Advising FDR -- Advising Reagan -- Core policies of the new deal -- Reagan's core policies -- Legitimating the New Deal -- Legitimating Reagan's conservative Regime -- FDR's reconstructive party leadership -- Reagan's reconstructive party leadership.

"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."--Jacket.

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Political scientist Sloan (Univ. of Houston) compares Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan as transformative leaders, each of whom constructed a new political order in the aftermath of a vulnerable predecessor governing in a period of economic trauma. Building his argument on the foundation laid by Stephen Skowronek's The Politics Presidents Make (CH, Feb'94, 31-3468), Sloan compares FDR and Reagan in alternating chapters, exploring their circumstances, personalities and philosophies, advisers, core policies, legitimizing procedures, and party leadership. Historians conventionally find FDR and Reagan polar opposites in terms of philosophies of government, goals, and administrative styles. Sloan concurs but succeeds nonetheless in finding common threads that enabled each to reconstruct the political landscape in ways that influenced future generations and that mobilized "several streams of grievances into an electoral coalition capable of winning a series of elections" (p. 365). Each had a goal: FDR to gain security, Reagan to cut taxes. Neither succeeded on all counts. FDR only "partially legitimized" (p. 285) the New Deal, convincing Americans of the benefits of a welfare state but leaving them resenting its accompanying bureaucracy. Reagan tamed inflation but left a burgeoning deficit. Nevertheless, each brought about a domestic regime change. Summing Up: Recommended. Most levels/libraries. A. J. Dunar University of Alabama in Huntsville

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