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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.
|Introduction: A Unique Presidency||1|
|Part I||The Presidency and Public Policy||17|
|Chapter 1||Bill Clinton and the Institutionalized Presidency: Executive Autonomy and Presidential Leadership||19|
|Chapter 2||Clinton, Class, and Economic Policy||41|
|Chapter 3||Clinton and Foreign Policy: Some Legacies for a New Century||60|
|Part II||The President and the Public||85|
|Chapter 4||A Clouded Mirror: Bill Clinton, Polls, and the Politics of Survival||87|
|Chapter 5||Courting the Public: Bill Clinton's Postmodern Education||106|
|Chapter 6||The Public's View of Clinton||124|
|Part III||Parties and Party Alignments||143|
|Chapter 7||Clinton and the Party System in Historical Perspective||145|
|Chapter 8||Clinton and the Republican Party||167|
|Chapter 9||Clinton and the Democrats: The President as Party Leader||183|
|Part IV||Cultural, Race, and Gender Politics||201|
|Chapter 10||Clinton, Impeachment, and the Culture Wars||203|
|Chapter 11||Clinton and Racial Politics||223|
|Chapter 12||The Clintons and Gender Politics||238|
|Conclusion: American Politics after Clinton||255|