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The Bush administration, sex and the moral agenda

By Edward Ashbee

The Bush administration, sex and the moral agenda

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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7276-5
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: March 2007
  • BIC Category: Central / national / federal government policies, PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Cultural Policy, Ethics & Moral Philosophy, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Politics, Politics & government

Description

The Bush Administration, sex and the moral agenda considers White House policy towards issues such as abortion, sex education, obscenity and same-sex marriage. The book suggests that although accounts have often emphasised the ties between George W. Bush and the Christian right, the administration's strategy was, at least until early 2005, also directed towards the courting of middle ground opinion.

This study offers a detailed and comprehensive survey of policy-making; assesses the political significance of moral concerns; evaluates the role of the Christian right, and throws new light on George W. Bush's years in office and the character of his thinking. The book will prove invaluable for those taking social science courses as well as as well as anyone with a general interest in the Bush presidency.

Contents

1. The rise of the moral agenda and American public opinion
2. The politics of 'W-ism'
3. Gay rights, same-sex marriage and AIDS
4. 'Pet your dog ..': sex education and contraception
5. Obscenity and indecency
6. Building 'healthy' marriages
7. Abortion and the 'culture of life'
8. Conclusion: the politics of morality, the 2004 presidential election and the Bush legacy

Author

Edward Ashbee is Associate Professor at the Center for the Study of the Americas, Copenhagen Business School

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