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Assessing the George W. Bush Presidency

A Tale of Two Terms

Edited by Andrew Wroe, Jon Herbert

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In one of the first volumes assessing the full two terms of the George W. Bush presidency, Wroe and Herbert have gathered the work of leading American and European scholars. In fifteen succinct and incisive chapters, authorities such as Jim Pfiffner, John Maltese, Graham Wilson and Alan Gitelson offer assessments of the Bush administration's successes and failures. Extensive attention is paid to Bush's foreign policy, including 'The War on Terror' but the focus is broadened to absorb not only the Bush Doctrine and its repercussions, but also his trade and homeland security policies. The president's domestic leadership in economics and social policy is investigated, as are his dealings as president with the other institutions of the U.S. political system. The result is a comprehensive guide to the Bush presidency and its legacy.

Key Features

  • Chapters by leading authorities from both sides of the Atlantic
  • One of the first volumes to take into account the full span of the Bush presidency
  • Broad-ranging coverage of both domestic and foreign policy
  • Short, direct chapters providing incisive analysis of the administration's successes and failures


1. Introduction: A Tale of Two Terms, Andrew Wroe (University of Kent) and Jon Herbert (Keele University)
Part I: Institutions and Structures
2. George W. Bush and the US Congress, Robert Singh (Birkbeck College, University of London)
3. George W. Bush as Chief Executive, James P. Pfiffner (George Mason University)
4. George W. Bush and the US Supreme Court, Emma Long (University of Kent)
5. Federalism in the Bush Era, M.J.C. Vile (University of Kent)
Part II: Foreign Policy Leadership
6. To Usher in a New Paradigm? President Bush's Foreign Policy Legacy, Jason Ralph (University of Leeds)
7. Reforming the National Security Apparatus, Steven Hurst (Manchester Metropolitan University)
8. Bush and Europe, David Patrick Houghton (University of Central Florida)
9. International Trade Policy Under George W. Bush, Nitsan Chorev (Brown University)
Part III: Domestic Policy Leadership
10. President Bush and the Economy, Graham Wilson (Boston University)
11. The Politics of Aging, Alex Waddan (University of Leicester)
12. No Child Left Behind: The Politics and Policy of Education Reform, Jonathan Parker (Keele University)
13. The Bush Administration and the Politics of Sexual Morality, Edward Ashbee (Copenhagen Business School)
14. Communications Strategies in the Bush White House, John Anthony Maltese (University of Georgia)
15. A Lasting Republican Majority? George W. Bush's Electoral Strategy, Kevin Fullam (Loyola University) and Alan R. Gitelson (Loyola University)
16. Conclusion: The Legacy of George W. Bush, Jon Herbert and Andrew Wroe.

About the Author

Andrew Wroe is a Lecturer in US Politics in the Department of Politics and IR at the University of Kent.

Jon Herbert is a Lecturer in US Politics at Keele University's School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy.


The editors of Assessing the George W. Bush Presidency have done a brilliant job in assembling a book which will be of great value to all commentators on, and students of, the contemporary presidency … The essays are all distinguished by high quality, while the editors add additional coherence by outlining in their introductory and concluding chapters a theory of George W. Bush's presidency … This is a fine collection, the best available account of the presidential politics of the day before yesterday.

- John Dumbrell, Durham University, Journal of American Studies