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Dr. Hail Publishes Research on Assessment of Bush Presidency

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bush1.jpgPerspectives on the Legacy of George W. Bush was published in January by Cambridge Scholars Publishing and edited by Michael Grossman, who is the Director of International Studies at Mount Union College, and Ronald Eric Matthews, Jr., who serves as the Director of the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Mount Union.  The book features chapter articles from national experts assessing the “Legacy of the Presidency of George W. Bush,” with Morehead State University professor Dr. Michael W. Hail contributing the assessment of domestic U.S. policy.
Dr. Michael W. Hail, Associate Professor of Government IRAPP, evaluates the Bush Presidency with focus upon Federalism and Domestic Policies.  Dr. Hail is a national expert in Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations.  He edits The Federalism Report and serves on the governing council for the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Section of the American Political Science Association.  Dr. Hail recently published substantial contributions to the reference work Federalism In America as well as the C.Q. Press Encyclopedia of the U.S. Constitution, and his work was recently published in the journal P.S. Political Science & Politics.  Dr. Hail will present a comparative constitutional assessment of American and Canadian Federalism at the upcoming American Political Science Association meeting in Toronto, Canada.  Dr. Hail is also Associate Director of the Institute for Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations at the University of Kentucky.

bush2.jpg“Overall, President Bush was a very good president.  Former President Bush demonstrated the vision and character that define executive leadership.”  Dr. Hail commented.  “Bush had both success and failure with his policy agenda.  However, history will record George W. Bush as one of our greatest presidents and, in time, there will be a collective acknowledgement of his superb leadership in a time of war, international pressure, and economic challenge.”

Dr. Hail’s article, “Bush’s New Nationalism: The Life and Death of New Federalism,” examines the policies of the Bush Administration in the context of the era of devolution.  Dr. Hail concludes, “Bush’s transitional federalism represents a silent paradigmatic shift in public dialogue rather than a re-alignment.  Bush leaves the next era of federalism relatively undefined even if more nationalist in character.” 

hail1.jpgDr. Hail teaches courses on American Political Thought, Federalism, and Intergovernmental Relations in the Master of Public Administration program.  More information is at, or contact Dr. David Rudy, Dean of IRAPP, at 606-783-5420 or Dr. Hail at

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