Lyndon B. Johnson
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Due, Tine Charlotte 1, Forfatter
Duncan, Russell , Vejleder
1Det Humanistiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7035              
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 Abstract: This thesis examines the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. Johnson is often criticized for his key role in, or for being the man solely responsible for the Vietnam War disaster. But Johnson is also the man responsible for passing the most significant amount of domestic legislation since the New Deal. With such a liberal agenda at home, should his legacy be based on a brutal war abroad?
This examination of Johnson’s leadership divides the presidency in two parts. On the domestic side the focus is on the Great Society initiative and on the civil rights movement that brought the achievements of three civil rights acts. The Vietnam War and the anti-Vietnam War movement are the foci on the foreign policy side. Johnson’s personality is a recurrent theme because his strong ambitious personality always intertwined with his politics. This thesis argues that domestic policy decisions made by Johnson were made within a New Deal paradigm. Johnson was closely tied to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, both personally and politically. Johnson’s foreign policy decisions were dominated by a Cold War paradigm, also started by FDR, but significantly reinforced by presidents Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy. These paradigms clearly determined Johnson’s actions and also his legacy.
Stephen Skowronek’s theory about “political time” is employed to show the close link to FDR, but also to place Johnson, and all presidents since FDR, in connection with each other in terms of regimes. Skowronek’s theory investigates the Great Society, Civil Rights and Vietnam War in connection with the impulses of the presidency. Aaron Wildavsky’s Two Presidencies theory helps illuminate the domestic and the foreign policy sides of Johnson’s presidency and, in connection with Skowronek’s theory, shows how he balanced the two roles, domestic and foreign.
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 Type: Speciale
Alternativ titel: A Victim of his Political Time?
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Sprog: English - eng
 Datoer: 2013
 Sider: 67
 Publiceringsinfo: København : Københavns Universitet
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 Type: Speciale
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