Aftermath: The Clinton Impeachment and the Presidency in the Age of Political Spectacle

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Aftermath: The Clinton Impeachment and the Presidency in the Age of Political Spectacle takes a multidisciplinary approach to analyze the Clinton impeachment from political perspectives across the spectrum. The authors attempt to tease out the meanings of the scandal from the vantage point of law, religion, public opinion, and politics. Further, the impeachment itself is situated broadly within the contemporary American liberal state and mined for the contradictory possibilities for reconciliation it reveals in our culture.
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"The first serious collection of academic reflections about the scandal, the essays in Aftermath offer citizens, students, lawyers, and historians fresh insights about American law and liberalism, about culture wars and family values, and about the politics of scandal in the late twentieth century."--, -Martha Minow,author of Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence

"History will be forever haunted by the 20th century's last, longest, legalistic right-wing coup attempt against a popular president. Limited to sleazy sex, political and policy differences were downplayed. The important, splendid, controversial essays collected in Aftermath provide learned context for this defining, though bizarre moment in American history and culture. Everyone interested in the individual and the law, politics and the future will want to read this book."-Blanche Wiesen Cook,author of Eleanor Roosevelt

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814747421
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Series: Critical America Series
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonard V. Kaplan is Mortimer M. Jackson Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School and president of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health.

Beverly I. Moran is Voss-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and Director of the Wisconsin Center on Law and Africa.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 A Case Study in Group Polarization (with Warnings for the Future) 11
2 Sex and Politics at the Close of the Twentieth Century: A Feminist Looks Back at the Clinton Impeachment and the Thomas Confirmation Hearings 22
3 Public, Private, and the Gender Division of Emotional Labor 34
4 Everything You Thought You Knew about Impeachment Is Wrong 47
5 Pierre Elliot Trudeau: A Canadian Scandal? 63
6 Comparing the Independent Counsel to Other Prosecutors: Privilege and Other Issues 83
7 Legalizing Outrage 97
8 The Gold Standard and Guilt-Edged Insecurities: The Impeachment Crucible as Tragic Farce 113
9 Sex, Harm, and Impeachment 129
10 Impeachment: A (Civil) Religious Perspective 150
11 The Constitutional Politics of the Clinton Impeachment 162
12 Ontology in the Clinton Era 179
13 All We Had to Do Was Rationalize the Sex 186
14 Perjury and Impeachment: The Rule of Law or the Rule of Lawyers? 199
15 Impeachment and Enchanting Arts 212
16 A Year after the Acquittal in the Impeachment Trial 226
17 An Un-Christian Pursuit 237
18 Abuse of Power as a Cultural Construct 243
19 Bill Clinton and the American Character 253
20 The Clinton Scandal: Law and Morals 267
21 The Spectacle and the Libertine 279
22 The Political Is Personal 297
23 Dropped Drawers: A Viewpoint 312
Conclusion: The Penultimate: The Meaning of Impeachment and Liberal Governance 321
Contributors 353
Index 359
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