The new politics of old values /
John Kenneth White.
2nd ed. --
Hanover : University Press of New England, c1990.
xiii, 254 p. ; 22 cm.
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Hanover : University Press of New England, c1990.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-246).
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1988-04-15:
Using Reagan's presidency as a case study, White ( The Fractured Electorate ) assesses the impact of widely shared values on politics. He places the president's enormous popularity in the context of change, detailing cultural trends that have reinforced Reagan's approach. White views the values of family, work, neighborhood, and freedom as ``romantic visions that voters seek to emulate in their own lives.'' He makes effective use of public opinion data and advertising techniques to support his thesis and considers implications of ``Reaganism'' for future politics. Complementing Garry Wills's Reagan's America ( LJ 2/1/87) as a critique of the president's appeal, this serves as a useful handbook to 1980s politics. Extensive bibliography and notes.Thomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1988-11:
White uses the puzzle of Ronald Reagan's sustained high popularity during the first six years of his presidency as the central device for a thought-provoking analysis of how Americans' values affect politics and policies. Drawing on sources ranging from foreign visitors (e.g., A. de Tocqueville) through historians (e.g., H. Commager) to extensive modern public opinion surveys, White ably sketches the American value consensus. Although probing the public belief system is a recurring topic among scholars and commentators, White's work is distinguished by a superb ability to link values with the strategies in recent presidential elections and the successes and failures of the past few presidencies. As a result, this work has much to offer scholars, journalists, and political practitioners. Recommended for all libraries. E. T. Jones University of Missouri--St. Louis
Table of Contents
Preface to the University Press of America Editionp. vii
The (Un)Making of Ronald Reaganp. 1
Visions and Valuesp. 21
A Transforming Electionp. 41
The Encorep. 65
The Parties: Us Against Themp. 91
Echoes in the Marketplacep. 131
A Sense of Returnp. 155
Once More, With Feelingp. 187
The Saga Continues: American Values in the Age of Clintonp. 243
Indexp. 287
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