Was 1992 a realigning election? Did the midterm elections of 1994 realign the realignment? Will 1996 carry the United States forward on yet another changed trajectory? In this volume of original essays, leading political scientists examine key components of the American agenda and assess the current administration's position in light of historical
Part 1 Continuity and change in American politics - is the Clinton Presidency new wine?, Bryan D. Jones. Part 2 Parties in the American context: changes in elections and the party system - 1992 in historical perspective, William G. Mayer; campaigning through the media - was 1992 really different?, Shanto Iyengar and Sharmaine Vidanage; the 1992 election and "minority" politics - a perspective, Rodney Hero; the politicization of gender, Barbara Norrander; interest groups and political change, Frank R. Baumgartner and Jeffrey C. Talbert. Part 3 Political institutions and political change: the return to unified party control under Clinton - how much of a difference in law-making?, David R. Mayhew; political change in the States - another example of unintended consequences?, Morris P. Fiorina; committed majorities and policy change in the US Supreme Court, Lawrence Baum; the federal executive equilibrium and change, Bert A. Rockman. Part 4 The policy process: foreign policy, the end of the Cold War, and the 1992 election, William R. Thompson; issue expansion in the early Clinton administration - health care and deficit reduction, B.D. Jones and Billy Hall; cities, political representation, and the dynamics of American federalism, Dennis Judd; the evolution of environmentalism - from elitism to participatory democracy?, James P. Lester and W. Douglas Costain; the new American politics - reflections on the early 1990s, Lawrence C. Dodd.