The Democratic Leadership Council: An Explanation of the Organization through an Examination of Education Policy

Abstract

Founded in 1984 by a group of moderate Southern politicians, the Democratic Leadership Council’s goal was to move the Democratic Party toward the center of the political spectrum. Although it struggled at firstthe DLC caught a break in 1992 when Bill Clinton, one of the organization’s founders, was elected President. Since then the DLC has grown in size and become a major factor in national politics and policy making. The organization has achieved its success by pioneering a “Third Way†of approaching the problems that confront the nation. Instead of being couched in the old terms of “liberal†and “conservative,†the DLC has moved the debate above partisan politics and toward logical solutions. Many feel that this move toward the center is the wave of the future in politics. But simply talking about the “Third Way†in an abstract manner is confusing. This essay, by taking one issue — in this case education reform — and examining ideas held by liberals, conservatives and “Third Wayers,†is an endeavor to make the purpose of the DLC more easily understood.
Published
2017-02-17
How to Cite
. The Democratic Leadership Council: An Explanation of the Organization through an Examination of Education Policy. Hinckley Journal of Politics, [S.l.], v. 2, feb. 2017. ISSN 2163-0798. Available at: <http://epubs.utah.edu/index.php/HJP/article/view/3695>. Date accessed: 27 may 2019.
Section
Student Papers