Change in the White House? Comparing the Presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama


Meena Bose (Editor)
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, USA

Series: White House Studies
BISAC: POL040010

In April 2012, Hofstra University hosted a symposium comparing the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. In the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama promised major departures from the Bush administration’s approach to political negotiations and policies. But in the White House, several, though certainly not all, of Obama’s actions have suggested more continuity than change with his predecessor. What is the Bush (43) Presidency’s legacy in American politics and the world? How has that legacy shaped the policies of President Obama? This assessment of both presidencies provides a timely discussion of their leadership successes and challenges in the White House, with attention to immediate results as well as long-term effects.

This book presents the symposium findings, with updates that incorporate the 2012 elections and the start of Obama’s second term. The first part examines each president’s ability to mobilize public support and exercise political leadership, both within his own political party and more broadly. The second part compares foreign policy in the two administrations, focusing on Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East. Contributors include experts on the American presidency, executive-legislative policy making, and U.S. foreign policy. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Part I: Comparing the Domestic Political Leadership of George W. Bush and Barack Obama

Gary C. Jacobson

Comparing the Constitutional Presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama: War Powers, Signing Statements, Vetoes
Robert J. Spitzer

Dividers, Not Uniters: How Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama Failed to Unite a Divided Nation
Richard Himelfarb

Overcoming a Polarized Congress: The Economic Politics of Bush and Obama
John D. Graham and Veronica Vargas Stidvent

Part II: Changes in the White House and the World from George W. Bush to Barack Obama

Understanding the Obama Doctrine
Stanley A. Renshon

George W. Bush and Barack Obama: Foreign Policy Decision Making
John P. Burke

Evaluating Afghanistan and Iraq in the George W. Bush and Obama Presidencies: Change We Can Believe In?
Carolyn Eisenberg

Bush, Obama, Polarization and National Security: Some Concluding Thoughts
Dov S. Zakheim


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