The George W. Bush Presidency. Volume II: Domestic and Economic Policy


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

Richard Himelfarb (Editor)
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, US

Series: Political Leaders and Their Assessment
BISAC: POL040010

Given the focus on foreign affairs and national security following 9/11, it is easy to overlook the domestic and economic legacies of the George W. Bush presidency. However, the articles in this volume argue that not only were these policies consequential to the nation, but in a number of instances they defied the conventional wisdom concerning the Bush White House. While Bush pursued ideologically conservative policies in some areas (e.g., Social Security, Supreme Court nominations and taxes), in others he did not (e.g., education, trade, government spending). Other examples include staffing (more competent and less ideological than one would expect) and press relations (relatively transparent). Taken together, these chapters will provoke second thoughts about Bush’s domestic presidency as they argue that his policies frequently deviated from doctrinaire conservatism and changed the nation. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Meena Bose (Hofstra University, NY, USA)

Richard Himelfarb (Hofstra University, NY, USA)

Part I: The Economy, Budget, and Trade

Chapter 1. George W. Bush and the 2008 Financial Collapse
Timothy Canova (Nova Southeastern University, FL, USA)

Chapter 2. Looking for Causation in the Wrong Place: Why Decrying Government Deficits during the Bush Presidency is a Serious Error
Michael Meeropol and Joao A. de Souza (Western New England University, MA, USA, and others)

Chapter 3. International Trade Under President George W. Bush
Shahruz Mohtadi (Suffolk University, MA, USA)

Chapter 4. The Economic Policies of President George W. Bush
Marc Sumerlin and Pia M. Orrenius

Part II: Social Policy

Chapter 5. Kicking the Can Down the Road: George W. Bush’s Failed Campaign to Reform Social Security
Richard Himelfarb (Hofstra University, NY, USA)

Chapter 6. Many Children Left Behind: A Critical Examination of Educational Policy During the George W. Bush Administration
Alan Singer (Hofstra University, NY, USA)

Chapter 7. Big Government Conservatism, Expanding and Reframing Food Stamps: George W. Bush Welfare Reform and the 2002 Farm Bill
Matthew Gritter (Angelo State University, TX, USA)

Chapter 8. The Challenges of Leaving No Child Behind
Anne-Imelda Radice and Ed Rollins

Part III: Organization, Staffing, and Nominations

Chapter 9. The Chiefs of Staff in the George W. Bush White House
David B. Cohen, Karen M. Hult, and Charles E. Walcott (University of Akron, OH, USA, and others)

Chapter 10. The Umpire Strikes Out: President George W. Bush and the Politicization of Supreme Court Nominations
Joel K. Goldstein (St. Louis University School of Law, MO, USA)

Chapter 11. Commentary: Scheduling President Bush
Bradley A. Blakeman

Part IV: Politics and the Press

Chapter 12. The Birth of a New Political Era
Daryl A. Carter (East Tennessee State University, TN, USA)

Chapter 13. A C Student in the White House: Conservatives and their Report Cards on the George W. Bush Presidency
Christopher Hickman (University of Mississippi, MS, USA)

Chapter 14. Press Relations in President George W. Bush’s Treasury Department
Kara Alaimo (Hofstra University, NY, USA)

Chapter 15. Commentary: The Challenges of Staying on Message
Ronald I. Christie, Howard B. Dean III and Edward J. Rollins


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