Jeb Bush: Aggressive Conservatism in Florida describes the rise of John Ellis (Jeb) Bush, the second son of former President George H.W. Bush, to political power in Florida. It examines the conservative theory that guided his behavior when he was elected and the aggressive manner in which he used the Office of Governor to pursue his goals. The book offers insight into his motivations and competencies, provides an analysis of the extent to which his self proclaimed 'revolution' achieved its goals, and asks what the revolution meant for Florida. The author's own views naturally structure the analysis provided, but readers are invited to examine his argument and to propose alternative explanations for the Governor's actions and the policy outcomes of his administration.
Robert E. Crew, Jr. is professor of political science, director of the master's program in applied American politics, and associate dean of the College of Social Sciences at Florida State University. He has published widely on gubernatorial behavior, on political leadership and on American public policy. He is an active member of the Jefferson County, Florida Democratic Party.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Prologue Part 3 Part I: Rise to Power Chapter 4 Chapter 1: Becoming Governor Chapter 5 Chapter 2: Bush and a New Political Environment in Florida Chapter 6 Chapter 3: Promoting a Revolution Part 7 Part II: Consolidating Power and Pushing the Agenda Chapter 8 Chapter 4: Seizing the Levers of Power Chapter 9 Chapter 5: Governing to Build Core Constituencies Chapter 10 Chapter 6: Campaigning for the President, 2000 and 2004, and Reelection Part 11 Part III: The Effect of the New Conservatism in Florida Chapter 12 Chapter 7: The Consequences of the Bush Reforms: Economic Policy and Governmental Reorganization Chapter 13 Chapter 8: Outcomes for Social Policy and the Environment Part 14 Part IV: The Bush Legacy and His Future Chapter 15 Chapter 9: What Difference Did Bush Make?