Ambition and Division: Legacies of the George W. Bush by Steven Schier

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By Steven Schier

The presidency of George W. Bush is extraordinary for the grand scale of its objectives, the debate that those goals generated, and the hazards he frequently courted within the spheres of politics, economics, and international policy.  Bush's final aim used to be certainly bold: the finishing touch of the conservative “regime swap” first heralded via the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980.  yet mockingly this attempt sewed the very discord that eventually took root and emerged to frustrate Bush's plans, and will also have all started to solve elements of the Reagan revolution he sought to institutionalize.  

     Politically, the Bush White apartment sought the entrenchment of constant Republican electoral majorities.  Institutionally, the Bush management sought to maintain regulate of Congress by way of retaining trustworthy partisan Republican majorities, and to steer the federal courts with a gradual flow of conservative judicial appointees.  The management additionally sought elevated autonomy over the administrative department by way of the competitive use of govt orders and bureaucratic reorganizations in accordance with 9/11. 

     lots of those efforts have been no less than in part successful.  yet eventually the destiny of the Bush presidency was once tied to its maximum unmarried gamble, the Iraq War.  The improper prosecution of that clash, mixed with different White apartment administration disasters and eventually a slumping financial system, left Bush and the Republican occasion deeply unpopular and the sufferer of robust electoral reversals in 2006 and the election victory of Barack Obama in 2008.  the yank public had grew to become opposed to the Bush time table in nice half due to the damaging results caused by the administration's pursuit of that agenda.

     This e-book assembles trendy presidential students to degree the trajectory of Bush's aspirations, his accomplishments, and his mess ups. through studying presidential management, well known politics and policymaking during this context, the participants start the paintings of figuring out the original historic legacy of the Bush presidency.

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