Ronald Reagan saw it as his task to restore American self-confidence following the policy failures of the 1970's.
Charismatic, and a master of the media, he was the first president since the 1920's to come to power with an explicitly conservative ideology. Did he succeed in implementing it, or was the 'Reagan revolution' nothing more than smoke and mirrors?
Professor Vernon Bogdanor discusses the politics and priorities of Reagan's presidency, and explores their lasting impact on the American political landscape.
Vernon Bogdanor, CBE, FBA is a professor of government at Oxford University, England, a fellow of Brasenose College, and Emeritus Professor of Law at Gresham College.
He is one of Britain's foremost constitutional experts and has written extensively on political and constitutional issues.