The Clinton Presidency: The First Term, 1992-96

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The first Democratic president for twelve years, William 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. This volume analyses in depth the processes and policies of the Clinton presidency. It reveals the contradictions, achievements, reversals and triumphs of a complex and fascinating president and his administration.
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CHRISTOPHER J. BAILEY Senior Lecturer, Department of American Studies, University of Keele MICHAEL FOLEY Professor, Department of International Politics, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth TIM HAMES formerly of Christ Church, Oxford GEORGE H. QUESTOR Professor of International Relations in the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, USA
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Springer
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Jan 20, 1999
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Pages
182
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9780230389854
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English
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Political Science / General
Political Science / History & Theory
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