More than a Caretaker: The Economic Policy of Gerald R. Ford


Andrew D. Moran has taught at London Metropolitan University since 1993 and has contributed to scholarly journals such as Political Studies, Party Politics, and Democratization (for which he is the book reviews editor).


This essay examines the reaction of the Gerald Ford administration to the deepening recession of the mid-1970s and the unprecedented challenges of stagflation. This includes an analysis of the decision-making process within the White House, the administration's relationship with Congress, and the abandonment of almost 40 years of Keynesian orthodoxy that would see President Ford introduce a new conservative economic agenda as he sought to adapt traditional Republican economics to deal with new economic circumstances. In short, I argue that Ford was far more than the “accidental” or “caretaker” president that popular history recalls.