In this illuminating examination of the Obama presidency, the contributors describe the policy directions followed, and the administration's level of success in achieving its objectives. Throughout the Obama administration, efforts were intended to alleviate the worst of the economic stress facing the nation, move the president closer to the center of the American political spectrum, and prepare for the upcoming reelection campaign, to be fought primarily on the same issues as the earlier one. The contributors present an analysis of the motivations and political thinking underlying the administration's action along with assessments of the policy consequences of the issue agenda favored and the public's reaction. The Obama Presidency is an in-depth account of one of the most intriguing and important presidencies at a time of economic crisis that goes a long way in explaining the policy decisions made and their political consequences, as well as the choices facing a nation in transition.
William Crotty is professor of political science at Northeastern University.
Chapter 1: Representation and Counter-Representation in the Obama Presidency by William Crotty Chapter 2: Obama By The Numbers: A Comparison With Pre-vious Presidencies by Bruce E. Caswell Chapter 3: Obama's Health Reform: The Managerial President and the Political Storm by James A. Morone Chapter 4: Environmental Policy: The Success and Failure of the Obama Presidency by John C. Berg Chapter 5: Shifting Global Paradigms and Obama's Adaptive Foreign Policy by Lawrence C. Reardon Chapter 6: African-American Perspectives of the Obama Presidency by Shayla C. Nunnally Chapter 7: Minority Party Strategies and Political Successes in Opposition to the Obama Policy Agenda by R. Lawrence Butler Chapter 8: Coalitional Divisions and Realignment Dynamics in the Obama Era by Arthur C. Paulson Chapter 9: Recalibrating the Obama Presidency: The Off-Year Elections and Their Consequence by Maureen F. Moakley Chapter 10: Principles and Pragmatism in the Obama Presidency by William Crotty