Week 9: The Clinton and George W. Bush presidencies

Lecture recording


Lecture notes

Tutorial readings

Questions: What was so unusual about the 1992 Presidential elections? Why was Ross Perot able to gain so much support? Why did Clinton win in 1992? Were the reasons for Clinton's victory in 1996 similar to reasons why he won in 1992? Is Bill Clinton a liberal or a conservative? Was Clinton’s impeachment justified? (Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the case). How successful was the Clinton Presidency?

Required readings:

  • William Chafe, “The Health Care Debacle and the Emergence of Kenneth Starr” in Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012.
  • Stuart Taylor Jr., “The Case for Impeachment,” National Journal, September 14, 1998.
  • Kirk Victor, “The Case Against,” National Journal, September 14, 1998
  • Brendon O’Connor, “Beyond the Cartoon: George W. Bush and his biographers”, Political Studies Review, Vol. 3, April 2005, pp. 163-174.


  • Bob Woodward, Plan of Attack (extracts from the Washington Post, April 2004).


Clinton Clips

Hating Hillary

Bush Lecture