Spring 2007

SOCS 632
The Conservative Revolution in American Politics and Policy

Eisner,Marc A.

01/22/2007 - 05/05/2007
Tuesday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Public Affairs Center 136

The past decades have witnessed a conservative revolution in American politics. Republicans have gained control of the presidency for most of this period and, in the past decade, have controlled the Congress and most of the statehouses. Moreover, a number of conservative policy think tanks have been highly influential in shaping the debates over social and economic policy. This sea change in American politics has had profound implications for a host of public policies (including economic policy, education reform, welfare reform, and foreign policy). Has the conservative movement run its course? Can it accommodate broader changes in American society, culture, and public opinion? It is the core assumption of this course that one cannot understand contemporary politics and the prospects for a resurgent liberalism without understanding the rise of conservatism and the principles underlying the arguments and reforms promoted by its key figures.

Students will study major essays and books representing different strands of postwar conservatism in the United States.

Requirements include short essays.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
http://www.wesleyan.edu/masters/courses/Spring_2007/Spring_2007_Syllabi/syb_socs632.html


Marc Eisner (B.A. University of Wisconsin; M.A. Marquette University; M.B.A. University of Connecticut; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin) is professor of government and Henry Merritt Wriston chair in public policy. He is author of six books, including Governing the Environment: The Transformation of Environmental Governance (Lynne Rienner, 2007), and is past president of the New England Political Science Association. Click here for more information about Marc Eisner.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Dinesh D'Souza, RONALD REAGAN: HOW AN ORDINARY MAN BECAME AN EXTRAORDINARY LEADER (Free Press), Paperback

Thomas Frank, WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS? HOW CONSERVATIVES WON THE HEART OF AMERICA (Owl Books), Paperback

Jacob Hacker & Paul Pierson, OFF CENTER: THE REPUBLICAN REVOLUTION AND THE EROSION OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY (Yale University Press), Paperback

John Micklethwait & Adrian Woodbridge, THE RIGHT NATION: CONSERVATIVE POWER IN AMERICA (Penguin Press), Paperback

Gregory Schneider, CONSERVATISM IN AMERICA SINCE 1930 (New York University Press), Paperback

READING MATERIALS AVAILABLE AT BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 BROAD STREET, MIDDLETOWN, 860-685-7323

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