Road Block on the Fast Track: The Struggle for Trade Promotion Authority

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    Abstract

    The Bush Administration has set about governing as if the November election result had been a landslide. The facts seem daily less important -a minority president by half a million votes, a presidency won with an electoral college majority that hangs on debatable results in a state where his brother is governor and an office secured only as the result of the unprecedented intervention by a narrow, and oftentimes doctrinaire, majority on the US Supreme Court. Some explain the surprisingly aggressive policy stance of the Bush Administration both domestically and in foreign policy in terms of the managerialism now permeating the Oval Office. Others see a more conventional political effort to control the Washington agenda by maintaining the initiative. Still others, more accurately I believe, see this aggressive start as an effort both to displace the lingering stigma arising from the facts of the November elections and to create an aura of strength. So far from holding to centrist positions, reflecting his absence of a mandate, Bush has pushed ahead boldly, setting out in both his first and second wave agendas a set of policies to "significantly alter domestic and foreign polices dating back decades ... "
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)63-88
    Number of pages26
    JournalPolicy, Organisation and Society
    Volume20
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

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