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The President's Agenda: Domestic Policy Choice from Kennedy to Clinton

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Publisher Comments:

In this third edition of The President's Agenda, Paul Light brings his acclaimed study up to date by weighing the successes and failures of the Bush and Clinton presidencies in setting a legislative agenda of domestic issues for Congress. The most noticeable development, according to Light, is the shrinking of the agenda and the absence of fresh new ideas. Explaining the emergence of "the derivative Presidency," he attributes this increasingly limited agenda to the problems associated with the end of the welfare state, the thickening of government, the problems of the budget, the "Reagan effect," and the changing nature of party politics. With Light's latest judgments and insights, The President's Agenda remains an invaluable text for courses on the American presidency.<P>"What has changed is the content of the President's agenda. Even under similar political conditions, both Bush and Clinton had fewer proposals than their predecessors, and both tended to favor modifications of the status quo over bold breaks with the past. Although there are important differences between the two Presidents, not the least of which is Bush's high proportion of small-scale, old ideas, the two share a pronounced tendency to look backward for inspiration rather than forward." — from the Preface<P>Praise for previous editions: <P>"Superb... An important and well-thought-out analysis of presidential domestic politics, examining many variables in a president's term... A vital addition to the libraries of those interested in our most idiosyncratic political institution." — Perspectives on Political Science

Book News Annotation:

First written in 1980 as a doctoral dissertation, and subsequently updated not only to include newer presidents, but to incorporate insights their decisions provided into those of previous administrations. Specifically in the third edition, Light finds that possibilities for policy innovation soared in the 1980s and 1990s, highlighting the constraints of earlier decades. He predicts that such creativity will become increasingly difficult under pressure from new party politics, budgets, and demographics.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780801860669
Author:
Light, Paul C.
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Location:
Baltimore, Md. :
Subject:
Social Policy
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Public Affairs & Administration
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Economic Policy
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Policy sciences
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Presidents -- United States.
Subject:
United States Social policy.
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Third Edition,
Publication Date:
19981231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9.10x6.04x.82 in. 1.06 lbs.

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