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p. 1209. Tumultuous politics continued, 1974–presentlocked

p. 1209. Tumultuous politics continued, 1974–presentlocked

  • Donald T. Critchlow


‘Tumultuous politics continued, 1974–present’ describes the five salient factors that shaped the context for post-Cold War politics: the demise of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, booms and busts in the economy, increased polarization within the electorate, the continuation of low voter turnout, and the emergence of grassroots activist organizations not necessarily loyal to any political party. The main features of the presidencies of Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama are described along with key events such as the Gulf War and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that changed the political landscape in America and had far-reaching global consequences.

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