When President Barack Hussein Obama left office January 20, 2017, he left a fascinating legacy. The Obama Presidency will remain an intriguing part of our nation’s political history, and we can now say that there were unexpected achievements and failures. His tenure was both historical and complex, and will inevitably be compared with his predecessors and successors. The chapters in this volume are a serious assessment of President Obama’s tenure written by a diverse team that includes political scientists, sociologists, historians, and economists. They provide critical insights into the man and his policies and, more importantly, are written in a manner that makes them available to laypersons, journalists, students, and scholars
Introduction: Barack Obama and the Transformational Impulse -- The Obama Legacy in American Electoral Participation -- Managing a Regime in Crisis: The Twilight of Neoliberalism and the Politics of Economic Recovery During the First Year of the Obama Administration -- The Obama Health Care Legacy: The Origins, Implementation, and Effort to Repeal the Affordable Care Act of 2010 -- Appraising the Foreign Policy Legacy of the Obama Presidency -- The World We Have Lost: US Labor in the Obama Years -- Swimming the Multiple Currents: The Political and Racial Time of Barack Obama’s Presidency -- The Legacy of President Obama in the U.S. Supreme Court -- 9. The Obama Administration's Global Warming Legacy: Going with the Flow and the Politics of Failure -- Unfulfilled Hopes: President Obama’s Legacy -- Conclusion: Who was President Barack Obama?
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