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p. 1188. When did the Reagan Revolution End?locked

  • Gil Troy

Abstract

‘When did the Reagan revolution end?’ explores Reagan's legacy. Most presidents are eulogized by all parties in death, but Reagan was particularly highly praised, perhaps because his influence is still felt today. He cast a shadow over George H.W. Bush, who suffered from an anti–Reagan backlash. This allowed Bill Clinton to come to power. He learnt from Reagan the ability to deflect criticism, allowing him to survive the Monica Lewinsky scandal. George W. Bush embraced Reagan as a conservative model, and in the 2008 presidential race Reagan was often brought up. Many have heralded the end of the ‘Reagan era’, but more distance is needed to properly assess his legacy.

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