On SAGE Insight: The Unusual Presidency of Donald Trump

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The Trump presidency is unique in a number of ways. He is the first US president to come to office without any government or military experience. He is the first presidential candidate who said that the electoral system is ‘rigged’ and implied that he might not accept the outcome of the election if he did not win. He is the first presidential candidate who intimated that if his opponent won, the ‘Second Amendment people’ might have to resort to violence. Trump is the first presidential candidate who threatened to put his opponent in jail if he won. Although all presidents are frustrated by their press coverage, he is the first president to refer to the press as ‘the enemy of the people’. President Trump also differs from previous presidents in the conduct of his administration, particularly in three institutions central to the presidency: White House organisation, dynamics of the Cabinet, and presidential appointments.

Many of the problems are common in most new administrations. But what sets the Trump administration apart is the steep learning curve for an amateur politician, the inability to overcome the challenges in the first six months of the presidency, and their origin in the President himself. Read more…

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The Unusual Presidency of Donald Trump
P. Pfiffner
First Published August 9, 2017
DOI: 10.1177/2041905817726890
From Political Insight




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