The Clinton Riddle: Perspectives on the Forty-Second President

The Clinton Riddle: Perspectives on the Forty-Second President


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In 2002 a distinguished interdisciplinary group of scholars gathered at the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society at the University of Arkansas to provide a critical evaluation of the Clinton-Gore administration. Their groundbreaking assessment of the most controversial president in modern times treats such crucial topics as race, women, and minorities; the character issue; foreign policy; and the media. This book provides a unique vantage point on the “Clinton riddle” that all future studies will need to consider.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557287809
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Publication date: 07/28/2004
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Todd G. Shields is director of the Blair Center, chair of the Political Science Department, and associate professor of political science at the University of Arkansas, and the author of Money Matters: Campaign Finance Reform and Congressional Elections. Jeannie M. Whayne is chair of the History Department and professor of history at the University of Arkansas, editor of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly, and the author or co-author of numerous books, including the award-winning A New Plantation South: Land, Labor, and Federal Favor in the Twentieth Century Arkansas. Donald R. Kelley is the director of the Fulbright Institute of International Relations and professor of comparative politics at the University of Arkansas, and the editor of After Communism: Perspectives on Democracy and Soviet Politics from Brezhnev to Gorbachev.

Table of Contents

1Bill Clinton: The Character Issue Revisited1
2Clinton and the Press23
3Assessing the Clinton Presidency: The Political Constraints of Legislative Policy47
4African Americans and the Clinton Presidency: Reckoning with Race, 1992-200079
5Clinton, Fulbright, and the Legacy of the Cold War93
6Rightward Currents: Bill Clinton and the Politics of the 1990s111
7The Women's Movement Agenda and the Record of the Clinton Administration135
8Clinton's China Policy153
9Clinton Foreign Policy and the Revolution in the East173
10The Clinton Show: Notes on a Postmodern President209
Conclusion: President Clinton: A Pragmatic and Defensive Player229
About the Authors253

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