The Clinton Presidency: the first term 1992-1996

Hill, Dilys M. and Herrnson, Paul S. (1999) The Clinton Presidency: the first term 1992-1996, Basingstoke, UK, Macmillan, 192pp.


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The first Democratic president for twelve years, Williams Jefferson Clinton entered the White House on a note of optimism, pledged to give priority to economic policy and his domestic agenda of healthcare and welfare reforms. President Clinton - the 'Man from Hope' - faced what looked like a fresh opportunity to move ahead with legislation. The years of 'gridlock', whereby a president of one political party faced a Congress dominated by another, were over.

In the event the presidency of these years faced major difficulties. Clinton had been elected on 43 percent of the vote, and Congressional Democrats, far from winning election on Clinton's coattails, were ahead of him in their constituencies. Working with Congress was a formidable task, especially with the heavy agenda of the economic recovery package, the North America Free Trade Agreement, health and welfare bills. Uncertainties abroad, from Somalia to Haiti, from Bosnia to Northern Ireland, added to the pressures on the White House.

The first two years of the Clinton presidency were seen by observers as one of successes and missteps, of continued questions of character and political style, of wide fluctuations in the president's popularity and achievements. After November 1994, when the Republicans gained control of both chambers of Congress- the House of Representatives for the first time in forty years - the years of gridlock and confrontation seemed set to return with a vengeance.

But two years later Clinton was reelected to a second term. The 'comeback kid' had shown once again his resilience, political abilities and refusal to accept setbacks. But it was a different Clinton: the centrist 'New Democrat' had moved to the right, accommodating to a Republic-driven domestic agenda.



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Notes on Contributors

The Clinton Presidency: The Man and His Times; D.M.Hill

Clinton and Congress; M.Foley

Clinton and the Courts; T.Yarbrough

Bill Clinton as a Party Politician and Party Leader: the First
Term; P.S.Herrnson

Clintonomics; C.J.Bailey

Domestic Policy; D.M.Hill

Foreign Policy; T.Hames

Defence Policy; G.H.Questor

Reflections on Clinton's First Term; P.S.Herrnson


Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 0333719646 (hardback)
9780333719640 (hardback)
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Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 33996
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
20 January 1999Published
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:00

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