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Political Science Prof Publishes New Book on Social Security

January 15, 2019

Dr. Matthew Gritter of the Angelo State University political science faculty has published a new book that explores how Republican U.S. presidents have approached the issue of Social Security, reaching back to the Eisenhower administration.

Titled “Republican Presidents and the Safety Net: From Moderation to Backlash,” the 150-page book is published through the Rowman & Littlefield independent publishing company in Lanham, Md.

"Republican Presidents and the Safety Net" Book CoverIn his book, Gritter explores how Republican presidents have navigated between popular programs and conservative supporters since the Eisenhower administration – and since the New Deal, how Republican presidents have looked for ways to accommodate rather than abolish the federal social safety net. Yet moderation often led to a backlash from their conservative supporters, leading Republican presidents to move from accommodation to opposition. Each Republican president since the New Deal is explored with a particular focus on the third rail of American politics: Social Security.

Gritter’s book is available in hardcover and e-book through Rowman & Littlefield, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online booksellers.

Dr. Matthew GritterDr. Matthew GritterAn associate professor of political science, Gritter joined the ASU faculty in 2012. “Republican Presidents and the Safety Net” is his fourth book, and he has also published more than a dozen journal articles, book chapters and book reviews. He has also presented more than two dozen papers at professional meetings and conferences, and he has become a regular source for local and national media on various political issues.

Prior to joining the ASU faculty, Gritter taught at Siena College in New York, Oberlin College in Ohio and Monmouth College in Illinois. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the New School for Social Research in New York.

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