Bush on the Home Front: Domestic Policy Triumphs and Setbacks

John D. Graham (Author)


Military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq consumed so much attention during his presidency that few people appreciated that George W. Bush was also an activist on the home front. Despite limited public support, and while confronting a deeply divided Congress, Bush engineered and implemented reforms of public policy on a wide range of issues: taxes, education, health care, energy, environment, and regulatory reform. In Bush on the Home Front, former Bush White House official and academic John D. Graham analyzes Bush's successes in these areas and setbacks in other areas such as Social Security and immigration reform. Graham provides valuable insights into how future presidents can shape U.S. domestic policy while facing continuing partisan polarization.

Product Details

Indiana University Press
Publish Date
March 30, 2010
6.58 X 8.64 X 1.09 inches | 1.33 pounds

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About the Author

John D. Graham is Dean of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. From 2001 to 2006 he served as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, White House Office of Management and Budget.


"[A] worthwhile project written in an accessible style... readers... will come away from this work with a better knowledge of the realities of policymaking in twenty-first-century Washington.Spring, 2011"

--Political Science Quarterly

A former administrator in George W. Bush's Office of Management and Budget and the current dean of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Graham was a Bush policy insider and knows a great deal about the administration's domestic policy successes and failures. He discusses a variety of domestic initiatives, arguing that Bush was a more effective president in domestic policy than is believed. He claims his book 'has supplied a wealth of evidence that Bush was also a bold and activist president on traditional domestic issues. In light of the partisan divide in the Congress and Bush's limited political standing throughout most of his presidency, it is remarkable how ambitious he was and how much of his domestic agenda was enacted and implemented, whether by legislative or executive actions, and yet these accomplishments, by and large, have not been recognized.' This view may be a bit overstated, yet Graham makes a compelling case that Bush was more active and more successful in the domestic arena than most people believe. Thorough, well documented... this book is a valuable contribution to understanding a controversial, consequential president. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. -- Choice

--M. A. Genovese, Loyola Marymount University