The Postmodern Presidency: Bill Clinton's Legacy in U. S. Politics / Edition 1

The Postmodern Presidency: Bill Clinton's Legacy in U. S. Politics / Edition 1

by Steven Schier
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822957426

ISBN-13: 9780822957423

Pub. Date: 09/28/2000

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

As America’s first truly postmodern president, Bill Clinton experienced both great highs and stunning lows in office that will shape the future course of American politics. Clinton will forever be remembered as the first elected president to be impeached, but will his tarnished legacy have lasting effects on America’s political system?

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Overview

As America’s first truly postmodern president, Bill Clinton experienced both great highs and stunning lows in office that will shape the future course of American politics. Clinton will forever be remembered as the first elected president to be impeached, but will his tarnished legacy have lasting effects on America’s political system?

Including the conflict in Kosovo, the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle, and new developments in the 2000 presidential campaign, The Postmodern Presidency is the most comprehensive and current assessment of Bill Clinton’s presidency available in print.

The book examines Clinton’s role in redefining the institution of the presidency, and his affect on future presidents’ economic and foreign policies. The contributors highlight the president’s unprecedented courtship of public opinion; how polls affected policy; how the president gained “celebrity” status; how Clinton’s “postmodern” style of public presidency helped him survive the 1994 elections and impeachment; and how all of this might impact future presidents.

This new text also demonstrates how the Clinton presidency changed party politics in the public and in Congress, with long-term implications and costs to both Republicans and his own Democratic party, while analyzing Clinton’s effect on the 1990s “culture wars,” the politics and importance of gender, and the politics and policy of race.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822957423
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Series:
Political Science Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Unique Presidency1
Part IThe Presidency and Public Policy17
Chapter 1Bill Clinton and the Institutionalized Presidency: Executive Autonomy and Presidential Leadership19
Chapter 2Clinton, Class, and Economic Policy41
Chapter 3Clinton and Foreign Policy: Some Legacies for a New Century60
Part IIThe President and the Public85
Chapter 4A Clouded Mirror: Bill Clinton, Polls, and the Politics of Survival87
Chapter 5Courting the Public: Bill Clinton's Postmodern Education106
Chapter 6The Public's View of Clinton124
Part IIIParties and Party Alignments143
Chapter 7Clinton and the Party System in Historical Perspective145
Chapter 8Clinton and the Republican Party167
Chapter 9Clinton and the Democrats: The President as Party Leader183
Part IVCultural, Race, and Gender Politics201
Chapter 10Clinton, Impeachment, and the Culture Wars203
Chapter 11Clinton and Racial Politics223
Chapter 12The Clintons and Gender Politics238
Conclusion: American Politics after Clinton255
Notes267
References271
Contributors291
Index293

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