The New Politics of Old Values provides the first assessment of the vital importance of values in the political process by analyzing Ronald Reagan's intuitive appeal to traditional American values including individualism, freedom, and equality of opportunity. The author was the first to go beyond money and taxes into the now hot topic of values as motivation for the decision-making of voters. He exposes the first approach to an election with a 'strategy of values' as Reagan did in 1980 through this now dominant subject during the presidency of Bill Clinton. He follows the evolution from Reagan's appeal to the underlying liberalism that characterizes the American polity using the words 'family, work, neighborhood, peace, and freedom' to Clinton's repeated emphasis on 'opportunity, community, and responsibility,' capturing how values have reshaped the political maps of the United States bringing the Democratic and Republican parties together on these mandatory issues.
John Kenneth White is Vice President of the Center for Party Development and is Professor of Politics at the Catholic University of America.
chapter 1 Preface chapter 2 The (Un)Making of Ronald Reagan chapter 3 Visions and Values chapter 4 A Transforming Election chapter 5 The Encore chapter 6 The Parties: Us Against Them chapter 7 Echoes in the Marketplace chapter 8 A Sense of Return chapter 9 Once More chapter 10 With Feeling chapter 11 The Saga Continues: American Values in the Age of Clinton chapter 12 Index