‘Was there, in fact, a Reagan revolution?’ asks whether Reagan's time in office corresponded with a great shift in political direction. Reagan understood that presidential power was limited by checks and balances, and also that ‘big guvment’ performed a lot of social good (despite costing too much). Reagan frustrated conservatives by governing from a central, mainstream position, but the public were still wary of his policies, even if they liked the man. However, his tough stance on unions, coupled with his assassination attempt, won over public opinion. Reagan did not cause a seismic rightwards shift, but instead reoriented the country towards deregulation, reduced taxes and reduced spending.