Developments in American Politics 3 by Gillian Peele, Christopher J. Bailey, Bruce Cain, B. Guy

By Gillian Peele, Christopher J. Bailey, Bruce Cain, B. Guy Peters

It is a present analytical exam of the most associations and political techniques within the usa. all in favour of the tendencies of the Nineties, the e-book units the scene for an intensive figuring out of yank politics into the twenty first century. The members are: Christopher J. Bailey, Cornell Clayton, Philip John Davies, John Dumbrell, Richard L. Engstrom, James Giordano, Dilys M. Hill, Patricia W. Ingram, Brian Jacobs, Jason F. Kirksey, John E. Owens, Jonathan Parker, Gillian Peele, B. man Peters, Steve Reilly, Alan Ware, Wegner, and Graham Wilson.

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The first notable, if obvious, fact about President Clinton is that he was elected to two terms. This is scarcely exceptional among modern presidents: Eisenhower, Nixon, and Reagan achieved the same, as no doubt would Kennedy had he lived. Nonetheless, Clinton's achievement was real, ending a period in which many argued that the Republicans had a "lock" on the Electoral College, winning enough states in successive elections to make it seem unlikely that a Democrat could ever win. The Electoral College "lock" that the Republicans supposedly enjoyed also reflected the divisions within the ranks of the Democratic Party.

Only Johnson had a higher success rate in his second year than Clinton, who again scored 86 percent (Duncan and Langdon, 1993; Langdon, 1994). While Clinton was undoubtedly aided by the existence of a Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate during this period, and the unusually high levels of party unity that obtained, his successful adoption of NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) was carried largely on Republican votes and against the opposition of prominent Democratic leaders in the House.

The frequency with which "divided government" (one party controlling at least one branch of Congress, the other the presidency) has occurred has reinforced the perspective of political scientists such as Charles 0. Jones (1994, 1995), who have emphasized that the presidency is merely part of a "separated system" of institutions, not the focus of leadership. Presidents do not control policy-making, and Congress is as important in shaping policy. Presidents can adopt a variety of 22 The Presidency approaches in working with Congress, but the reality is of shared power.

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