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A Fabulous Failure: Managing American Capitalism during the Clinton Presidency

Monday, 12 June 2023, 6 – 7:30pm

A Fabulous Failure: Managing American Capitalism during the Clinton Presidency

An in-person lecture by Prof Nelson Lichtenstein (University of California, Santa Barbara) organised by the School of Histories and Humanities.

Nelson Lichtenstein, the author of a forthcoming major revisionist history of the Bill Clinton presidency, will speak on the major themes of his book. When Bill Clinton became president, his campaign's catch phrase, "The Economy, Stupid" encapsulated a commitment to the rejuvenation and transformation of the U.S. economy. But his efforts to revive American liberalism failed because those industry sectors and political constituencies upon which Clinton liberals had banked were no match for the power of Wall Street and an increasingly radicalized Republican opposition. The door was therefore open to the neoliberalism, both global and domestic, that has come to characterize the Clinton era.

This event is part of a two-day workshop, "Beyond Consensus: New Histories of American Liberalism." Those interested in participating in other sessions of the workshop can contact Dr Daniel Geary at

Please indicate if you have any access requirements, such as ISL/English interpreting, so that we can facilitate you in attending this event. Contact:

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Lectures and Seminars
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Postgrad, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Dr Daniel Geary

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