Obama at the Crossroads Politics, Markets, and the Battle for America's Future

ISBN-10: 0199845387
ISBN-13: 9780199845385
Edition: 2012
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Description: The 2010 election serves as a bookend to one of the remarkable political periods in recent U.S. history. Amidst a profound economic crisis, Americans elected an African American to the presidency and massive Democratic majorities to Congress.  More...

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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

The 2010 election serves as a bookend to one of the remarkable political periods in recent U.S. history. Amidst a profound economic crisis, Americans elected an African American to the presidency and massive Democratic majorities to Congress. Beginning in 2009, the President and Congress put forward a sweeping agenda to both address the economic crisis and enact progressive policies that liberals had been advocating for decades. Within a year and a half, they would pass health care reform and financial reform alongside a stimulus package of nearly a trillion dollars. Democrats also rescued the auto industry via a partial government takeover and expanded the Bush administration's incipient program for saving the banking sector by pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into it. Finally, the Obama administration dramatically increased our commitment in Afghanistan while simultaneously winding down our presence in Iraq.InObama at the Crossroads, eminent political scientists Desmond King and Larry Jacobs have gathered some of the best scholars in American politics to take stock of this extraordinary period. Covering the financial crisis, health care reform, racial politics, foreign policy, the nature of Obama's leadership, and the relationship between the administration's agenda and broader progressive goals, this will serve as a comprehensive overview of the key issues facing the Obama administration as it entered office.

Desmond King is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of American Government, and Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford University.

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Obama at the Crossroads
Varieties of Obamaism: Structure, Agency and the Obama Presidency
The Legislative Crossroads
Institutional Empowerment and Strangulation: Bureaucratic Politics and Financial Reform in the Obama Administration
Reconstituting the Submerged State: The Challenges of Social Policy Reform in the Obama Era
Structural Crossroads: Political Economy and Racial Orders
Situating Obama's Response to the Crisis: Finance, Regulation, and the American State
Barack Obama's Election and America�s Racial Orders
Obama's Critical Juncture
American Renewal and the Politics of the New Middle America
BarackObama and the Angry Left: The Fight for Progressive Realism
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