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Ronald Reagan. Also Ronald Reagan. Reagan Public Approval Ratings. Before National Politics. Goldwater speech 1964. The Republican Nomination. Ron and Nancy GHW Bush John Anderson. Capturing the Nomination. New Hampshire debate 1980: The Line. Reagan’s Clarity. Strong Defense

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Before national politics
Before National Politics

Goldwater speech 1964


The republican nomination
The Republican Nomination

Ron and Nancy GHW Bush John Anderson


Capturing the nomination
Capturing the Nomination

  • New Hampshire debate 1980:

    • The Line


Reagan s clarity
Reagan’s Clarity

  • Strong Defense

  • Cut taxes

  • Cut Spending

  • Balance the Budget


Economic philosophy

OLD

Keynesian Economics

“Demand Side” Economics

New Deal

NEW

Chicago School

“Supply Side” Economics

Reaganomics (The Reagan Revolution)

Economic Philosophy



Political interpretation of laffer curve
Political Interpretation of Laffer Curve

Maximum

Revenue

No revenue

0% Tax Rates 100%


An Analysis of the President’s Budgetary Proposals for Fiscal Year 2011: http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/112xx/doc11280/03-24-apb.pdf


Effect of reagan on us political culture
Effect of Reagan on US Political Culture Fiscal Year 2011:

LeftRight

Left-right defined as accepted level of government intervention in the economy:

right = less intervention

left = more intervention

US

Pre-1981;

New Deal

and Great

Society

era

Reagan era


Realignment

New Deal Coalition Fiscal Year 2011:

Democratic South

African-Americans

Union members

Urban North

Immigrant/newer ethnic groups

Farmers

Reagan Coalition

Midwest small towns

Wealthiest Americans

Hawks on foreign policy

Blue Collar in North and Midwest (union and non-union)

White Southerners

Evangelicals

Yuppies

Realignment


The troika
The “Troika” Fiscal Year 2011:

Counsellor Chief of Staff Dep. Chief

Ed Meese James Baker Michael Deaver

Policy Process Image


Presidential power and persuasion
Presidential Power and Persuasion Fiscal Year 2011:

LBJ Model

Pres Congress People


Presidential power and persuasion1
Presidential Power and Persuasion Fiscal Year 2011:

Reagan Model

Pres People Congress


Reagan media strategy
Reagan Media Strategy Fiscal Year 2011:

  • Bully Pulpit

  • Stage Events in Controlled Settings

  • Feed the Media

  • Consistency of Message

  • Selling the President

  • Popularity is Power


The ultimate example
The Ultimate Example Fiscal Year 2011:

  • Berlin 1987

    • (from 50 seconds)


Iran contra
Iran Contra Fiscal Year 2011:

  • Comparison to other scandals

  • When Congress tries to restrain presidential actions

    • Ignore Congress

    • Reinterpret the law


The iran contra scandal
The Iran Contra Scandal Fiscal Year 2011:

Contras

Private US $

Foreign Gov’t $

$$$

Hostages

weapons

weapons

Swiss bank

accounts;

controlled

by North

Iran

US

Israel


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