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American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century$
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Martin Halliwell and Catherine Morley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748626014

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748626014.001.0001

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American Leadership Into the New Century

American Leadership Into the New Century

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(p.35) 2. American Leadership Into the New Century
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American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century
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John Dumbrell

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748626014.003.0003

In this chapter John Dumbrell looks beyond the Cold War tensions between communism and capitalism to explore American leadership between 1989 and the first decade of the twenty-first century. Beginning with a consideration of the growing executive powers of the presidency after 11 September 2001, in which George W. Bush domestic security and foreign policy agendas amounted to a version of ‘big government’ presidentalist conservatism, the chapter goes on to focusing in turn on global and domestic leadership. The discussion considers the shift in leadership styles between Presidents Clinton and Bush, the effects of 9/11, the War on Terror, the Iraq War and domestic legislation for mapping out the political contours of the early century. The central argument revolves around the reassertion of presidential authority in the early century, which harkened back to the Cold War even as it responded to new international and domestic pressures.

Keywords:   US Leadership, Cold War, Foreign Policy, 9/11, Iraq War, War on Terror

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