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Obama at the Crossroads: Politics, Markets, and the Battle for America's Future

Lawrence R. Jacobs and Desmond S. King


The 2010 election serves as a bookend to one of the remarkable political periods in recent US history. Amidst a profound economic crisis, Americans elected an African American to the presidency and massive Democratic majorities to Congress. Beginning in 2009, the President and Congress put forward a sweeping agenda to address the economic crisis and to enact progressive policies that liberals had been advocating for decades. Within a year and a half, they would pass health care reform and financial reform alongside a stimulus package of nearly a trillion dollars. Democrats also rescued the aut ... More

Keywords: 2010 election, economic crisis, Congress, Bush administration, Obama administration, health care reform, financial reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199845361
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199845361.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence R. Jacobs, editor
University of Minnesota, Professor of Political Science

Desmond S. King, editor
Oxford University, Professor of Politics

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Part I Obama at the Crossroads

1 Varieties of Obamaism

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Part II The Legislative Crossroads

Part III Structural Crossroads: Political Economy and Racial Orders

Part IV Obama's Critical Juncture

7 Barack Obama and the Angry Left

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