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Clinton and Congress, 1993-1996 : risk, restoration, and reelection /
Charles O. Jones.
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 1999.
xvi, 221 p.
0806131640 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 1999.
0806131640 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-04:
Jones, a scholar of the politics of separated institutions sharing and competing for power, views Clinton's first term as "a pure case of noncrisis government and thus of the ordinary workings of the separated system." His insightful comparative analysis of the first two years (unified party government) with the last two years (split party control) effectively challenges the assumptions of those who advocate reforms that would insure unified party-based government with direct accountability; see James L. Sundquist, Constitutional Reform and Effective Government (1992). For Jones, the most important lesson of Clinton's first term is that "Political, policy, and electoral conditions ... make an important difference in determining the strategic options available to leaders. Rarely do these conditions invite partisanship and focused accountability." The realities of politics in a system of separated institutions have been major themes of Jones's earlier books--The Presidency in a Separated System (CH, Jan'95) and Separate But Equal Branches: Congress and the Presidency (1995)--but these realities are most vividly demonstrated in the current volume. For students of Congress, the presidency, and the party-electoral system, this book is required reading. E. C. Dreyer; University of Tulsa
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