The Clinton Scandal and the Future of American Government
Here leading scholars explore the long-reaching constitutional and political implications of the scandal: how it will affect the presidency, the law, and the political process. A first group of chapters considers effects of the scandal on institutions: the presidency, Congress, the courts, the independent counsel statute, executive privilege, and the impeachment process itself. A second section addresses political factors: public opinion, the media, and presidential character and personality. A concluding essay broadly examines the implications of the scandal for governance.
These far-reaching essays address such issues as risks posed to Congressional political careers, the prospect of future presidents being subject to civil suits, the pros and cons of Kenneth Starr's investigation, the role of the media in breaking and then shaping the story, and ways of reforming the system to handle the unacceptable private behavior of future presidents.
A provocative book for readers concerned with how our government copes with such a challenge, and an essential reader for courses on the presidency or American government, this collection will stand the tests of both time and rigorous analysis.
About the Authors
Clyde Wilcox is a professor of government at Georgetown University. They are the coauthors of Interest Groups in American Campaigns: The New Face of Electioneering (Congressional Quarterly Press, 1999).
"It is easy to moralize and sensationalize when speaking of the scandal. It is far more difficult to step back and, with fairness and detachment, chronicle what it reveals about American politics and political institutions. The contributions in this volume suceed admirably."—American Political Science Review
"Offers understanding rather than sensationalism. The editors are to be congratulated for assembling the most able scholars for identifying the ripple effects of scandal and impeachment on American political institutions, the media, and the public."—Charles O. Jones, emeritus professor of political science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Rozell and Wilcox provide what the American political process and the public lacked so badly during the impeachment crisis: detached, fair scholarly analysis. Their book is required reading not just for those who are fascinated by the events of the Clinton impeachment, but for those who are concerned about American politics and the fate of constitutional government."—John Yoo, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley
"An outstanding collection that analyzes the Clinton impeachment scandal from a variety of perspectives, from the effects on the presidency to the role of media and public opinion."—Herbert Weisberg, Ohio State University
"The Clinton scandal raised many important issues for students of American politics. This book, the first major effort to systematically explore the dimensions of the scandal, makes a fine contribution to our understanding of the politics of impeachment."—George C. Edwards III, distinguished professor and director, Center for Presidential Studies, Texas A&M University
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