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Presidential Rhetoric from Wilson to Obama : Constructing crises, fast and slow.

By: Widmaier, Wesley.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy: Publisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2014Copyright date: ©2015Description: 1 online resource (163 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781317650072.Subject(s): Presidents -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Presidents -- United States -- History -- 21st century | United States -- Foreign relations -- 2001-2009 | United States -- Foreign relations -- 2009- | United States -- Foreign relations -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Presidential Rhetoric from Wilson to Obama : Constructing crises, fast and slowDDC classification: 327.73 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- 1 Introduction: From fast crusading to slow balancing and credibility gaps -- 2 From progressive crusading to interwar isolation and FDR's pragmatism -- 3 From Truman's crusade to Eisenhower's New Look -- 4 From a New Frontier to triangular diplomacy -- 5 From the Reagan liberalism to the Bush-Clinton pragmatism -- 6 From a freedom agenda to a reform agenda -- 7 Conclusions: Crusaders, balancers, and rethinking ambiguity -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary: Over the past century, presidential constructions of crises have spurred recurring redefinitions of U.S. interests, as crusading advance has alternated with realist retrenchment. For example, Harry Truman and George W. Bush constructed crises that justified liberal crusades in the Cold War and War on Terror. In turn, each was followed by realist successors, as Dwight Eisenhower and Barack Obama limited U.S. commitments, but then struggled to maintain popular support. To make sense of such dynamics, this book synthesizes constructivist and historical institutionalist insights regarding the ideational overreactions that spur shifts across crusading excesses and realist counter-reactions. Widmaier juxtaposes what Daniel Kahneman terms the initial "fast thinking" popular constructions of crises that justify liberal crusades, the "slow thinking" intellectual conversion of such views in realist adjustments, and the tensions that can lead to renewed crises. This book also traces these dynamics historically across five periods - as Wilson's overreach limited Franklin Roosevelt to a reactive pragmatism, as Truman's Cold War crusading incited Eisenhower's restraint, as Kennedy-Johnson Vietnam-era crusading led to Nixon's revived realism, as Reagan's idealism yielded to a Bush-Clinton pragmatism, and as George W. Bush's crusading was followed by Obama's restraint. Widmaier concludes by addressing theoretical debates over punctuated change, historical debates over the scope for consensus, and policy debates over populist or intellectual excesses. This work will be of great interest to students and scholars of U.S. Foreign Policy.
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Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- 1 Introduction: From fast crusading to slow balancing and credibility gaps -- 2 From progressive crusading to interwar isolation and FDR's pragmatism -- 3 From Truman's crusade to Eisenhower's New Look -- 4 From a New Frontier to triangular diplomacy -- 5 From the Reagan liberalism to the Bush-Clinton pragmatism -- 6 From a freedom agenda to a reform agenda -- 7 Conclusions: Crusaders, balancers, and rethinking ambiguity -- Bibliography -- Index.

Over the past century, presidential constructions of crises have spurred recurring redefinitions of U.S. interests, as crusading advance has alternated with realist retrenchment. For example, Harry Truman and George W. Bush constructed crises that justified liberal crusades in the Cold War and War on Terror. In turn, each was followed by realist successors, as Dwight Eisenhower and Barack Obama limited U.S. commitments, but then struggled to maintain popular support. To make sense of such dynamics, this book synthesizes constructivist and historical institutionalist insights regarding the ideational overreactions that spur shifts across crusading excesses and realist counter-reactions. Widmaier juxtaposes what Daniel Kahneman terms the initial "fast thinking" popular constructions of crises that justify liberal crusades, the "slow thinking" intellectual conversion of such views in realist adjustments, and the tensions that can lead to renewed crises. This book also traces these dynamics historically across five periods - as Wilson's overreach limited Franklin Roosevelt to a reactive pragmatism, as Truman's Cold War crusading incited Eisenhower's restraint, as Kennedy-Johnson Vietnam-era crusading led to Nixon's revived realism, as Reagan's idealism yielded to a Bush-Clinton pragmatism, and as George W. Bush's crusading was followed by Obama's restraint. Widmaier concludes by addressing theoretical debates over punctuated change, historical debates over the scope for consensus, and policy debates over populist or intellectual excesses. This work will be of great interest to students and scholars of U.S. Foreign Policy.

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<p>Wesley W. Widmaier isnbsp;an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, 2011-2015 at Griffith University Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University.</p>

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