Between Promise and Policy: Ronald Reagan and Conservative Reformism

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Lexington Books, 2002 - Philosophy - 320 pages
Between Promise and Policy is a thoughtful and intriguing study that compares the professed ideals and actual realities of conservative reformism leading up to, and during, the Reagan presidency. The author examines Ronald Reagan's defense program, his policies to reduce the size of the federal government, regulatory reform, and the reprioritizing of government expenditures. Karaagac concludes that the Regan administration effectively employed ideology as a political tool: President Reagan could alternate between being pragmatic and flexible, in order to score political victories, while making a stand as a staunch defender of conservative principles in order to rally his supporters.
 

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Contents

Introduction
The Intellectual Background to Conservative Reformism
7
Ronald Reagan The Citizen Politician as Reformer
19
Foreign Policy and Reform The Conservative Vision
33
The Reagan Reality
57
The Conservative Vision
71
Military Reform? The Reagan Peacetime Buildup
87
Administrative Reform The Conservative Vision
109
Fiscal Reform The Conservative Vision
183
The Reagan Years Balancing the Books?
203
The Moral Dimensions of Reform The Conservative Vision
223
The Reagan Years The Paradox of the NonRevolution
243
Conclusions Ronald Reagan and the Promise of Reform
269
Conclusions The Conservatism of American Reform
279
Bibliography
289
Index
293

The Reagan Years Scaling Back the State?
125
Regulatory Reform The Conservative Vision
143
The Reagan Years One Giant Step Backwards?
159

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John Karaagac is a consultant and editor who received his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.

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