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The Wartime PresidentExecutive Influence and the Nationalizing Politics of Threat$
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William G. Howell, Saul P. Jackman, and Jon C. Rogowski

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226048253

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226048420.001.0001

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Case Studies II: Challenges

Case Studies II: Challenges

(p.217) Chapter 7 Case Studies II: Challenges
The Wartime President

William G. Howell

Saul P. Jackman

Jon C. Rogowski

University of Chicago Press

The three case studies in this chapter, in one way or another, challenge the general claims of this book. With the federal government’s entrance into education policymaking in the late 1950s, we see the nationalizing effects of events—in this instance, the launching of the Soviet satellite Sputnik—that do not involve an actual military conflict. In Johnson’s escalation of the Vietnam War, we see a president’s military policy dictated, at least in part, by concerns about consolidating peace-time domestic policy achievements. And in Bush’s efforts to privatize Social Security, we see how wars that once furnished substantial executive influence subsequently hampered the president’s policy agenda.

Keywords:   Sputnik, education policy, Vietnam War, Great Society, social security reform, case studies

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