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Sloan, John W., 1940-
FDR and Reagan : transformative presidents with clashing visions / John W. Sloan
Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2008
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  E807 .S55 2008    AVAILABLE
Subject 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
Subject(s) Social change -- United States -- Case studies
Subject United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945
United States -- Politics and government -- 1981-1989
Subject(s) Presidents -- United States -- Biography
Physical Description x, 427 p. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [369]-401) and index
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."--BOOK JACKET

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