Peter H. Merkl

A Coup Attempt in Washington? A European Mirror on the 1998-1999 Constitutional Crisis

"Peter Merkl’s A Coup Attempt in Washington is the gripping story of how perplexed European nations and newspapers viewed the odd spectacle of Bill Clinton’s prolonged impeachment ordeal. Judiciously researched and richly textured, this book is an important contribution to our better understanding of those surreal days when the Lewinsky sex scandal paralyzed the White House and warped the U.S. media."
--Douglas Brinkley on dust cover

"One does not know whom [the Kenneth Starr Report] dishonors most, the president, the prosecutor [Starr] or those who have authorized the distribution of the texts [the U.S. Congress]."
--Charles Lambrosini in Le Figaro, September 14, 1998

"This does... begin to take on the appearance of a coup [d’état]."
--Representative John Conyers, House Judiciary Committee, Dec. 12, 1998

Selected Works

Nonfiction
When Parties Prosper
The Uses of Electoral Success

This is a follow-up to When Parties Fail (Princeton University Press,1988) by the same editors and compares how stable, successful parties in 16 contemporary democracies have acquired and maintained their leading roles.
The Rift Between America and Old Europe:
The Distracted Eagle

The transatlantic rift of 2002-2004 originated mostly from unilateral policies of the Bush administration before the Iraq war.
Rightwing Extremism in the Twenty-first Century
This is a collection of essays on European rightwing extremist movements with emphasis on comparison.
A Coup Attempt in Washington?
A European Mirror on the 1998-1999 Constitutional Crisis

The Clinton impeachment, with all its questionable constitutional details, as seen by the European press.