The Presidency and Domestic Policies of Jimmy Carter

The Presidency and Domestic Policies of Jimmy Carter


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Jimmy Carter was an unexpected president. The first Southerner since the Civil War to gain the office, he had pursued the presidency at the grass roots as an outsider. A president who sought to run a government as good as the American people, Carter soon found himself embroiled in system overload as he worked for a domestic agenda to increase park lands, made the federal judiciary accessible to more women and minorities, to better manage the civil service, to devise a rational long-range policy of energy consumption and conservation, and to keep the deficit under control. Deadlock with Congress, special interests, and, ultimately, caught up in the Iran hostage crisis, the outsider president saw many of his programs defeated and himself voted out of office.

With a stellar cast of political figures, headed by President and Mrs. Carter, and with leading scholars of the period, this volume is a major document for a better understanding of the period and the development of the presidency.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313288456
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/1993
Series: Contributions in Political Science Series , #32
Pages: 876
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.81(d)
Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)

About the Author

HERBERT D. ROSENBAUM recently retired from his position as Professor of History at Hofstra University. He was the Director of the Conference on the Presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1982, and was also the co-editor of the proceedings of that conference. He was Director of the Jimmy Carter Conference.

ALEXEJ UGRINSKY is Director for Documentation, Finance, and Planning at the Hofstra Cultural Center. Both have served as editors for earlier volumes of the Hofstra Presidency Series published in conjunction with Greenwood Press.

Table of Contents

The Carter Presidency: Two Perspectives

President Carter, the Democratic Party, and the Making of Domestic Policy by Stuart E. Eizenstat

The Carter Presidency in Historical Perspective by Erwin C. Hargrove

The Emergence and Character of Jimmy Carter

The New South

Jimmy Carter and the Sunbelt Report: Seeking a National Agenda by Edward D. Berkowitz

Jimmy Carter as Spokesman of Southern Liberalism by Donald Cunnigen

The Role of Religion

American Civil Religion and the Presidential Rhetoric of Jimmy Carter by Michael J. Adee

Jimmy Carter Was a Baptist President by James A. Speer

The Elections of 1976 and 1980

Campaigner and President: Jimmy Carter's Campaign Promises and Presidential Performance by Michael G. Krukones

Jimmy Carter and the Selling of the President, 1976-1980 by Leo P. Ribuffo

The Institutional Presidency

Conceptions of the Presidency

Jimmy Carter and the Age of Limits: Presidential Power in a Time of Decline and Diffusion by Michael A. Genovese

Legitimacy and Presidential Power: A Constitutional Analysis of President Carter's Termination of the Mutual Defense Treaty with Taiwan by Nancy Kassop

A Comparative Test of Jimmy Carter's Character by William D. Pederson and Kenneth G. Kuriger, Jr.

The Promise of Politician-Scientist: President Carter and American Science by Joel S. Schwartz

Congressional Relations

Carter and Congress: Presidential Style, Party Politics, and Legitmate Success by Jon R. Bond

Veto Strategy and Use by the Carter Administration by Samuel B. Hoff

The Administrative Presidency

Political Constraints, Leadership Style, and Temporal Limits: The Administrative Presidency of Jimmy Carter by James W. Riddlesperger, Jr. and James D. King

The Carter Experience with Cabinet Government by Shirley Anne Warshaw

Budget Strategy in the Carter Administration by Duane Windsor

Media and Public Opinion

Carter and the Media: An Analysis of Selected Strategies Used to Manage the Public Communication of the Administration by Robert S. Littlefield

Rafshoonery: The Effort to Control the Communications Agenda of the Carter Administration by John Anthony Maltese

Staff Reminiscencee

The Spokes of the Wheel in Operation: The Carter Example by Robert J. Thompson

The First Lady

Rosalynn Carter in the White House by Myra G. Gutin

Domestic Policies


Economic Aspects of the Carter Energy Program by Marilu McCarty

Seeking Limits: The Passage of the National Energy Act as a Microcosm of the Carter Presidency by Russell D. Motter


Economic Advice in the Carter Administration by W. Carl Biven

The Carter Antitrust Policy in Perspective by Theodore P. Kovaleff

Economic Myth and Economic Reality: A Reexamination of the Carter Years by Ann Mari May

Civil Service Reform

The Three Faces of Civil Service Reform by Patricia W. Ingraham and James L. Perry

Human Services

OSHA: Administrative Chaos, Political Conflict, and the Carter Administrative Response by James E. Cebula

President Carter and Public Health: Presidential and Post-Presidential Years by William H. Foege

Civil Rights

The Faithfulness of the Carter Administration in Enforcing Civil Rights by Norman C. Amaker

Labor and Politics

Organized Labor and the Carter Administration: The Origins of Conflict by Taylor Dark

Fragile Alliance: Jimmy Carter and the American Labor Movement by Gary M. Fink


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