Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
42Inside the Presidency of Bill Clinton$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Michael Nelson, Barbara A. Perry, and Russell L. Riley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780801454066

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801454066.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Triangulation

Triangulation

Positioning and Leadership in Clinton’s Domestic Policy

Chapter:
(p.46) 2 Triangulation
Source:
42
Author(s):

Bruce F. Nesmith

Paul J. Quirk

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801454066.003.0002

This chapter focuses on Clinton’s “triangulation” (or “third way”) approach to public policy. As a political term, triangulation is a Clinton-era neologism that has not passed into general use, even though it has broad potential application. It was created as a strategy to deal with the new Republican Congress, taking into account the Republicans’ extreme conservative positions on a variety of domestic issues. In this strategy, Clinton would stand firm on partisan Democratic positions when they were popular. On issues where Republican positions were more popular, however, Clinton would take advantage of the current Republican Congress’s tendency to overreach: he would make major concessions from conventional Democratic policies and adopt centrist positions that would have broader support than the Republicans’ offerings. By such systematic, instrumental positioning, Clinton hoped to win politically on most issues, no matter which party had the initial advantage in public opinion.

Keywords:   triangulation, public policy, Republican Congress, Democratic policies, public opinion

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.