Articles on American Politics
chapter in the book American Studies in
Korea, published in the Korean language
This paper was delivered at the American Studies Association of
Korea Forum on Curriculum in Fall 2003. It suggests core elements of
an American Studies curriculum for Korean students, based on my decade of
experience teaching Korean students about the United States.
The Significance of the 2004 Election
webpage with links
The 2002 American Midterm: The Bush Victory in Historical Perspective
This article appears in the Journal of Asia Pacific Affairs
, Spring 2003
The Bush administration won an historically unusual
victory in the 2002 midterm elections, picking up 8 seats in the House of
Representatives and gaining 2 seats in the Senate. The two major issues
in the 2002 campaign were coping with terrorism in the aftermath of September
11 and the dismal state of the U.S. economy. Bush's hard line on terrorism
proved to be decisive. This triumph put the Republicans in control of
the presidency and both houses of Congress for the first time in almost half
a century. Pundits agree that this bolsters the power of the Bush administration,
although it is difficult to judge to what degree. This articles discusses
the changing patterns of midterm elecitons in order to put the 2002 midterm
in historical perspective. It then assess in what ways it might strengthen
the Bush administration in domestic and international policy making.
Leadership and Hegemony in the 2000 American Presidential Election: Issues
Affecting East Asia
This paper was published in the Journal of American Studies
in Winter 2000. It was presented at the American Studies Association
of Korea meeting in October 2000 in Wonju, Korea.
The Clinton Administration in Historical Perspective
Reflections on the key trends in the Clinton years
The Historic Shift in the Regional Bases of American Political Parties
This article first appeared in the Journal of Asia-Pacific
Studies, Winter 1999. It documents the massive change in
the regional support for the Democratic and Republican parties that began
in the 1960s and continues up to the present day.
Ideological Majorities, Presidential Initiatives, and Policy Change
The American political system is biased against
major policy change. It has inherent tendencies toward incremental policymaking
and even gridlock. Major presidential initiatives can overcome these tendencies
toward incrementalism, but only under certain political conditions. The concept
of an "ideological majority" is introduced to describe the conditions that
have allowed a few presidents and their parties to successfully enact major
changes in domestic policy since the establishment of the New Deal party
system. The historic policy effects of ideological majorities can be seen
in the enduring changes in the composition of the federal budget they produce.
Four conditions are necessary to produce an ideological majority: 1) presidential
leadership, 2) unusually large or ideologically cohesive delegations of the
president's party in Congress, 3) the incubation of innovative ideas, and
4) an electoral mandate.
If I were president
: My modest proposal for a new American agenda
The Power of Presidential Ideologies
In 1992 I published a study of how political ideas influenced
presidential policies from Franklin Roosevelt through the first George Bush.
I have updated and greatly expanded the original version with new text, graphics,
and links that make use of the power of the internet as a research and educational
Table of Contents
for links to individual chapters.