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The Clinton legacy
Campbell, Colin, 1943-
Publication Information:
New York : Chatham House, [2000]

Physical Description:
xviii, 347 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction / Partisan legacy: are there any new Democrats? (And by the way, was there a Republican revolution?) / Campaigning is not governing: Bill Clinton's rhetorical presidency / Demotion? Has Clinton turned the bully pulpit into a lectern? / President as legislative leader / Judicial legacies: the Clinton presidency and the courts / Reinvented government, or the same old government?

Clinton and organized interests: splitting friends, unifying enemies / Race, gender, and the Clinton presidency / Clinton's domestic policy: the lessons of a "new democrat" / Engaging the world: first impressions of the Clinton foreign policy legacy / Clinton in comparative perspective / Cutting with the grain: is there a Clinton leadership legacy?
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1560 Lexile.
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This collection of essays evaluates Bill Clinton's performance as president over two terms. Concerned with the interaction between his leadership and the changing nature of the political environment, these experts offer a context for understanding Clinton's ways of governing.

Author Notes

Joel D. Aberbach is professor of political science and policy studies and director of the Center for American Politics and Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Larry Berman is professor of political science at the University of California, Davis.
Colin Campbell is University Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University, where he served as executive director of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute.
David T. Canon is associate professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
William Cunion is a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
George C. Edwards III is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and director of the Center for Presidential Studies at Texas AandM University.
Emily O. Goldman is associate professor of political science and director of the International Relations Program at the University of California, Davis.
David M. O'Brien is the Leone Reaves and George W. Spicer Professor at the University of Virginia.
Mark A. Peterson is professor of policy studies and political science at the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research.
Paul J. Quirk is professor of political science and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Bert A. Rockman is the University Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh
Virginia Sapiro is the Sophonisba P. Breckinridge Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Principal Investigator of the National Election Studies.
Byron E. Shafer is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of American Government at Oxford University and a Professorial Fellow at Nuffield College.
Barbara Sinclair is the Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Graham K. Wilson is professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Library Journal Review

Rating presidents appeals to the sporting instinct of Americans, who are always on the lookout for a comer in the political arena. This volume marks the second effort by Campbell (public policy, Georgetown) and Rockman (political science, Univ. of Pittsburgh) to evaluate the Clinton presidency (their first was The Clinton Presidency: First Appraisals, LJ 10/15/95). Here, 15 political scientists contribute essays on Clinton's impact on campaigning, political parties, legislation, the courts, administration, interest groups, domestic policy, and foreign policy. The unsurprising findings are that, in the end, partisanship trumped policy, personality triumphed over principles, and the Clinton legacy may be minimal. Aimed at political scientists, this volume will satisfy Clinton's opponents and seem too critical for supporters. Nonetheless, it is the first book to evaluate the two terms of America's first baby-boomer president. Recommended for academic libraries.ÄWilliam D. Pederson, Louisiana State Univ., Shreveport (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

In a follow-up to their edited book The Clinton Presidency: First Appraisals (CH, Feb'96), which looked at the first two years of the Clinton presidency, Campbell and Rockman now expand the analysis of the Clinton legacy. As far as legacy books go, this is a rather early analysis--it cuts off with two years left to his second term. The contributors are solid: Byron Shafer on partisan influence, George Edwards on rhetorical legacy, Barbara Sinclair on legislative legacy, Mark Peterson on Clinton and organized interests, and Goldman and Berman on Clinton foreign policy, to name a few contributors. In light of all the Bill and Monica focus of 1998, this analysis makes the case that Clinton has a substantive record beyond the tabloid scandals. Clinton will be lucky if historians are as fair to him as these political scientists are. This book is recommended for university libraries that require an impartial, dispassionate analysis. J. Orman; Fairfield University

Table of Contents

Colin Campbell and Bert A. RockmanByron E. ShaferGeorge C. Edwards IIIColin CampbellBarbara SinclairDavid M. O'BrienJoel D. AberbachMark A. PetersonVirginia Sapiro and David T. CanonPaul J. Quirk and William CunionEmily O. Goldman and Larry BermanGraham K. WilsonBert A. Rockman
Introductionp. ix
1 The Partisan Legacy: Are there any New Democrats? (And by the way, was there a Republican Revolution?)p. 1
2 Campaigning Is Not Governing: Bill Clinton's Rhetorical Presidencyp. 33
3 Demotion? Has Clinton Turned the Bully Pulpit into a Lectern?p. 48
4 The President as Legislative Leaderp. 70
5 Judicial Legacies: The Clinton Presidency and the Courtsp. 96
6 A Reinvented Government, or the Same Old Government?p. 118
7 Clinton and Organized Interests: Splitting Friends, Unifying Enemiesp. 140
8 Race, Gender, and the Clinton Presidencyp. 169
9 Clinton's Domestic Policy: The Lessons of a "New Democrat"p. 200
10 Engaging the World: First Impressions of the Clinton Foreign Policy Legacyp. 226
11 Clinton in Comparative Perspectivep. 254
12 Cutting With the Grain: Is There a Clinton Leadership Legacy?p. 274
Notesp. 295
Indexp. 335
About the Contributorsp. 345