The New Democrats and the Return to Power

By Al From; Alice McKeon; Bill Clinton, Etc (Foreword by)
(Palgrave MacMillan, Hardcover, 9781137278647, 266pp.)

Publication Date: December 3, 2013

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After Barack Obama's solid win in the 2012 election, it's easy to forget that there was a time, not long ago, when the Democrats were shut out of power for over a decade. But Al From remembers. In 1984, he led a small band of governors, US senators, and members of Congress to organize the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). Their mission: to rescue the party from the political wilderness, redefine its message, and, most importantly, win presidential elections. In April 1989, From traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas, to recruit the state's young governor, Bill Clinton, to be chairman of the DLC. Here, Al From explores the founding philosophy of the New Democrats, which not only achieved stunning validation during Clinton's two terms, but also became the model for resurgent center-left parties in Europe and throughout the democratic world. Here, he outlines for the first time the principles at the heart of the movement, including economic centrism, national security, and entitlement reform, and why they are vital to the success of the Democratic Party in the years ahead.




About the Author
Al From is founder of the Democratic Leadership Council. Called a "legislative genius" by "Washingtonian Magazine", From played a prominent role in the 1992 election of President Bill Clinton and served as Domestic Policy Advisor to the Clinton transition. Before founding the DLC in 1985, From was executive director of the House Democratic Caucus, served in President Jimmy Carter's White House, and was staff director of the US Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations. He is the author of" The New Democrats and the Return to Power".



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