PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON.
Discusses his pluralist views of American democracy. His agenda as an attempt to create unity, reform the political system and campaign against special interests. Failure of his National Healthcare Policy. Participation of Congress in the Clinton agenda. Political stratification and hyperpluralism. Challenges to Clinton's leadership, integrity and competence.
On balance, The Agenda illustrates the pluralist views of American democracy in which an elected president attempts to... more
On balance, The Agenda illustrates the pluralist views of American democracy in which an elected president attempts to ensure that a wide range and variety of voices are heard in the formulation of policy, both domestic and foreign. Bob Woodward (1995), in describing Bill Clinton’s “agenda,” suggests that Clinton promised something for virtually everyone – teachers, the welfare dependent poor, minorities, the wealthy and the middle class, the business community, and those needing health insurance or concerned with a rising budget deficit. This “something for everyone” agenda, as viewed by Jonathan Rauch (1994), represented an attempt to achieved unity from disunity, to reform the political system to return control of a “reinvented” government to the “people,’ and a campaign against