Obama at the Crossroads: Politics, Markets, and the Battle for Americas Future

Paperback | May 16, 2012

byLawrence R. Jacobs, Desmond S. King

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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 putforward 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 bankingsector 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.In Obama 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'sleadership, 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.

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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 putforward a sweeping agenda to both address t...

Lawrence R. Jacobs is Professor of Political Science at University of Minnesota. Desmond S. King is Professor of Politics at Oxford University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 16, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsPart I: Obama at the Crossroads1. Lawrence R. Jacobs and Desmond S. King: Varieties of Obamaism: Structure, Agency and the Obama PresidencyPart II: The Legislative Crossroads2. Daniel P. Carpenter: Finance Politics and Financial Reform in the Obama Administration3. Suzanne Mettler: Reconstituting the Submerged State: The Challenge of Social Policy Reform in the Obama Era.Part III: Structural Crossroads: Political Economy and Racial Orders.4. Leo Panitch: Situating Obama's Response to the Crisis: Finance, Regulation and the American State5. Rogers M. Smith and Desmond S. King: Barack Obama's Election and America's Racial OrdersRogers M. Smith and Desmond S. King6. E.J. Dionne Jr.: American Renewal and the Politics of the New Middle America7. Lawrence R. Jacobs: Barack Obama and the Angry Left: The Fight for Progressive Realism