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Reaganism and the American Future

The1980and1984presidentialelectionsseemedtomanytoportenda newerainAmericanpoliticallife-aturningawayfromtheNewDeal, CorporateLiberalism,andtheconfusionandmalaiseofthe1970sandtheconstitutionofanewandstablepolicyregimeforthe1980sand beyond.AsRonaldReaganputtheissuetohisexultantfollowerson electionnight1984,"thisisnottheendofsomething,butthe beginning."Thebeginningofwhat?WhatisReaganism?Howisit differentfromCorporateLiberalismandtheotherpolicyregimesthat markthetwentieth-centuryAmericanlandscape?Whatsortofimpact doesithopetohaveonAmericansociety?Mostimportantly,whatisits stayingpower?Isitlikelytobeabletosolvethemultipleproblems generatedbycontemporaryAmericancapitalism?WillReaganismbe theforcethatshapesAmericaforthenearfuture,orisitatransitory phenomenon,constructedonthefleetingcharismaticqualitiesofa singlepresidentanddestinedtoleavethestagewhenhedoes?