Ford’s Vision for America

Yanek Mieczkowski

in Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780813123493
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134956 | DOI:
Ford’s Vision for America

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This chapter examines former U.S. President Gerald Ford's vision for the U.S. From the moment Ford stepped into the executive branch, liberals in Congress decried his vision for the country, or lack of one. During his presidency, Ford's views ignited ideological opposition from Congress and Democrats took a traditional approach to correcting the country's economic ills, emphasizing full employment and an active role for the federal government, with less concern about inflation and budgetary deficits. This chapter suggests that Ford's conciliatory leadership produced legislation while also preventing an exacerbation of the executive-legislative tension inherent in divided government.

Keywords: Gerald Ford; executive branch; U.S; liberals; Democrats; conciliatory leadership; executive-legislative tension

Chapter.  8601 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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