Introduction: The Bush Administration — An Overview

  • Dilys M. Hill
  • Phil Williams
Part of the Southampton Studies in International Policy book series (SSIP)


The presidency of George Bush is something of an enigma in contemporary American politics. Unlike the Carter administration, which is the only other real single-term presidency of the second half of the twentieth century, the Bush administration appeared highly competent, and the President himself obtained far higher ratings in opinion polls than Jimmy Carter ever did. Moreover, unlike Carter who was reluctant to use military force, George Bush was a highly successful war president and Commander in Chief. At the end of the war in the Gulf Bush had an approval rating of over 80 per cent and appeared politically unassailable. Yet he ended up as a one-term president who ran an extremely lack-lustre political campaign and lost to a Democratic candidate who only months earlier had been on the verge of pulling out of the presidential race.


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  • Dilys M. Hill
  • Phil Williams

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