Tuesday, 30 October 2007, 12:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Franklin D. Roosevelt, President 1933-1945 - Domestic Policy

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE

From Roosevelt to Bush: The American Presidency: Transformation and Change

Franklin D. Roosevelt, President 1933-1945 - Domestic Policy

Elected in the midst of the Great Depression, Roosevelt transformed the Presidency. Since Roosevelt, it has been taken for granted that the President initiates major social programmes and is responsible for the wellbeing of the American economy. Even more important, perhaps, Roosevelt's leadership during the Second World War gave the presidential role of Commander-in-Chief a new meaning. Henceforth, the President would be responsible not only for American foreign and defence policy, but would also play a leading role in helping to achieve collective security against aggression. But, did Roosevelt create an impossible Presidency, an office whose responsibilities were so great that no one could ever fulfil them satisfactorily?

This is the first part of the lectures on Franklin D. Roosevelt, focussing in his domestic policy. The other lecture can be accessed here:      Franklin D. Roosevelt, President 1933-1945 - Foreign Policy

For further lectures in the series, please follow this link.

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Vernon Bogdanor CBE is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Law, current Visiting Gresham Professor of Political History, Research Professor at King's College London, a Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Prior to 2010, Professor Bogdanor was a Fellow of Brasenose College and Professor of Government at Oxford University.

He has been an adviser to a number of governments, including those of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Israel and Slovakia. His books include The People and the Party System, Multi-Party Politics and the Constitution, Power and the People, and Devolution in the United Kingdom. He is a frequent contributor to TV, radio and the press and is a sometimes special advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities (1982-83), and the House of Commons Public Service Committee. Most recently he was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies by the Political Studies Association.

Professor Bogdanor's previous lecture series are as follows:

2017/18 British Political Parties

2016/17 The Monarchy

2014/15 Six General Elections

2013/14 Britain and Europe

2012/13 Making the Weather: Six Politicians Who Shaped Our Age

2010/12 Britain in the 20th Century

2007/09 From Roosevelt to Bush: The American Presidency: Transformation and Change

All of Professor Bogdanor's past Gresham lectures can be accessed here.

Current Visiting Professor of Political History

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30 October 2007

Franklin D. Roosevelt, President 1933-1945 - Domestic Policy
Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE

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