Book Launch: Gil Troy’s Leading from the Center June 18, 2008 @ the New America Foundation, Washington, DC
Avoiding the partisan trap is easier said than done.
John McCain and Barack Obama each promise an administration that will move beyond the increasing polarization of the past two decades. George W. Bush promised the same in 2000, saying he would “change the tone in Washington.” Clearly, avoiding the partisan trap is easier said than done.
In his new book, Leading From the Center: Why Moderates Make the Best Presidents, McGill University professor Gil Troy examines the legacies of eight chief executives and finds that, when tended properly, the political “middle ground” can be most fertile. Though several of the presidents he profiles engendered loathing among their opponents (FDR, Reagan, Clinton) or unrest within their own parties (Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Truman), Troy claims that each pursued a pragmatic centrism on the issues that mattered most to them and, as a result, they are today remembered as some of America’s most effective leaders.
Copies of Leading from the Center will be sold at the event.
About The Next Social Contract Initiative: The New America Foundation has launched the Next Social Contract Initiative (NSC) to design and advance a new framework for a 21st-century social contract, along with a detailed policy agenda to support it. The fundamental premise of this initiative is that, given the unimaginable changes of the last half-century, we should think from scratch about the appropriate roles of each sector of society—government, employers, individuals, and civil society. The programs and policies of a new social contract should be designed to support entrepreneurship and risk-taking, encourage long-term growth and broadly shared prosperity, and support individuals and families not as employees, but as citizens.
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- Gil Troy
Professor of History, McGill University
Author, Leading from the Center: Why Moderates Make the Best Presidents
- Frank Micciche
Deputy Director, Next Social Contract Initiative
New America Foundation