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American Royalty : The Bush and Clinton Families and the Danger to the American Presidency - Matthew T. Corrigan

American Royalty

The Bush and Clinton Families and the Danger to the American Presidency

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If Hillary Clinton won the Democratic Party nomination in 2008, it would continue a trend of a Bush or a Clinton being on a national presidential ticket for the last 28 years in the United States. Never before in the history of the nation have two families dominated the political process in such a manner. This two-family domination has endangered the American presidency as a representative institution and has allowed personal, family issues to dominate policymaking at a crucial time in American history. The problems with the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 and the current struggles of the second Bush presidency should give pause to those Americans who are contemplating a second Clinton presidency or a third Bush presidency. By examining the political careers of three Bushes (George H.W., George W. and Jeb) and two Clintons (Bill and Hillary), this book will highlight the problems and the consequences of combining the most powerful political office in the world with family legacies.

"Matt Corrigan s provocative thesis - that presidents with familial ties pose a threat to the presidency and even to American democracy - uses the tools of a skilled presidentialist to examine a subject on everyone s mind: the dynastic presidential politics echoed in names like Bush and Clinton. Presidential dynasty is nothing new (think Adams and Harrison). But the powerful modern presidency demands that we confront Corrigan s arguments in this important new book." - Robert J. Spitzer, Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, SUNY Cortland and author of Saving the Constitution from Lawyers



"Matt Corrigan s book raises serious questions every person should consider about the presidencyin this postmodern, media-saturated environment.We may be at a time in our polity when too much name recognition is a prelude to disaster." - DavidWoodard, Professor of Political Science, Clemson University



"Corrigan s American Royalty represents an insightful analysis of the prospects and challenges raised by the domination of the Presidency by two families. This provocative work is important reading for those concerned about the future of American politics and the status of democracy." - David Gray Adler, Professor Political Science, Idaho State University

Introduction
American Democracy and Family Presidencies
Families Matter
The Father Begins a Dynasty
The Clintons Take Power
The Bush Redemption
From First Lady to President?
The Prince in Waiting
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ISBN: 9781403984159
ISBN-10: 1403984158
Series: The Evolving American Presidency
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 243
Published: 1st May 2008
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1