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The First Reagan Administration, 1981–85

  • Christopher Brady
Part of the Contemporary History in Context book series (CHIC)

Abstract

Reagan’s inaugural address was a fairly accurate indicator of the policy themes of the next four years. The primary concern of the inaugural was economic: ‘These United States are confronted with an economic affliction of great proportions.’ The second concern was the intrusiveness of government: ‘In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.’ Both concerns highlighted the predominant Reaganite view that America was a country in moral, economic and strategic decline. It was a country made great by the pioneer spirit but devalued during the Carter period by the erosion of that spirit. Reagan concluded his inaugural by affirming that he ‘did not take the oath [he’d] just taken with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the world’s strongest economy’.

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Foreign Policy Foreign Affair Foreign Minister Khmer Rouge Reagan Administration 
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© Christopher Brady 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher Brady
    • 1
  1. 1.City University Business SchoolLondonUK

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