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The postmodern presidency : Bill Clinton's legacy in U.S. politics
Schier, Steven E.
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[Pittsburgh] : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2000]

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304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bill Clinton and the institutionalized presidency : executive autonomy and presidential leadership / Peri E. Arnold -- Clinton, class, and economic policy / Raymond Tatalovich and John Frendreis -- Clinton and foreign policy : some legacies for a new century / James M. McCormick -- A clouded mirror : Bill Clinton, polls, and the politics of survival / John F. Harris -- Courting the public : Bill Clinton's postmodern education / Bruce Miroff -- The public's view of Clinton / Diane Hollern Harvey -- Clinton and the party system in historical perspective / John J. Coleman -- Clinton and the Republican Party / John J. Pitney, Jr. -- Clinton and the Democrats : the president as party leader / Nicol C. Rae -- Clinton, impeachment and the culture wars / James L. Guth -- Clinton and racial politics / Sharon D. Wright -- The Clintons and gender politics / Barbara Burrell -- American politics after Clinton / Steven E. Schier.
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As America's first truly postmodern president, Bill Clinton has 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 Postmodern Presidency examines Clinton's role in redefining the institution of the presidency, and his effect 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 "post-modern" 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 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.

This text is a must for anyone who studies, teaches, or has an interest in the American presidency and politics.

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Schier (Carleton College) has very ably edited what is certainly going to be one of many academic retrospectives of the Clinton presidency. That this book went to print months before the end of Clinton's second term does not detract from these scholarly assessments of the bulk of the Clinton era. The value of this volume is that it includes the observations of a number of leading scholars, some rising scholars, and, in one case, a noted journalist (John Harris) who covered the Clinton White House. The essays are uniformly well written and cover the essential topics that anyone should expect from such a volume: the economy, domestic policy, foreign policy, presidential leadership, the public presidency, congressional relations, political parties, the culture wars, impeachment, race and gender issues, and Clinton's legacy. This book would make an especially timely and valuable collection for undergraduate courses on the presidency. It is highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above. M. J. Rozell; Catholic University of America

Table of Contents

Steven E. SchierPeri E. ArnoldRaymond Tatalovich and John FrendreisJames M. Mc CormickJohn F. HarrisBruce MiroffDiane Hollern HarveyJohn J. ColemanJohn J. Pitney Jr.Nicol C. RaeJames L. GuthSharon D. WrightBarbara BurrellSteven E. Schier
Introduction: A Unique Presidencyp. 1
Part I The Presidency and Public Policyp. 17
Chapter 1 Bill Clinton and the Institutionalized Presidency: Executive Autonomy and Presidential Leadershipp. 19
Chapter 2 Clinton, Class, and Economic Policyp. 41
Chapter 3 Clinton and Foreign Policy: Some Legacies for a New Centuryp. 60
Part II The President and the Publicp. 85
Chapter 4 A Clouded Mirror: Bill Clinton, Polls, and the Politics of Survivalp. 87
Chapter 5 Courting the Public: Bill Clinton's Postmodern Educationp. 106
Chapter 6 The Public's View of Clintonp. 124
Part III Parties and Party Alignmentsp. 143
Chapter 7 Clinton and the Party System in Historical Perspectivep. 145
Chapter 8 Clinton and the Republican Partyp. 167
Chapter 9 Clinton and the Democrats: The President as Party Leaderp. 183
Part IV Cultural, Race, and Gender Politicsp. 201
Chapter 10 Clinton, Impeachment, and the Culture Warsp. 203
Chapter 11 Clinton and Racial Politicsp. 223
Chapter 12 The Clintons and Gender Politicsp. 238
Conclusion: American Politics after Clintonp. 255
Notesp. 267
Referencesp. 271
Contributorsp. 291
Indexp. 293