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Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership

The Ordinary Presidency of Donald J. Trump

Authors: Herbert, Jon, McCrisken, Trevor, Wroe, Andrew

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  • Argues Trump is an extraordinary president but his presidency is rather ordinary
  • Explains why the substance of Trump’s presidency, in an institutional sense, remains far from disruptive or populist
  • Provides a clear, powerful argument written in an open and accessible style
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The presidency of Donald J. Trump is rather ordinary. Trump himself may be the most unusual, unorthodox and unconventional president the US has ever had. Yet, even with his extraordinary personality and approach to the job, his presidency is proving quite ordinary in its accomplishments and outcomes, both at home and abroad. Like most modern US presidents, the number and scope of Trump’s achievements are rather meager. Despite dramatic claims to a revolution in US politics, Trump simply has not achieved very much. Trump’s few policy achievements are also mostly mainstream Republican ones rather than the radical, anti-establishment, swamp-draining changes promised on the campaign trail. The populist insurgent who ran against Washington has followed a policy agenda largely in tune with conservative Republican traditions. The Ordinary Presidency of Donald J. Trump provides a detailed explanation for the discrepancy between Trump’s extraordinary approach and the relative mediocrity of his achievements. Ironically, it is precisely Trump’s extraordinariness as president that has helped render his presidency ordinary. 

About the authors

Jon Herbert is Senior Lecturer in US Politics at Keele University, UK

Trevor McCrisken is Associate Professor of US Politics and Foreign Policy at the University of Warwick, UK

Andrew Wroe is Senior Lecturer in American Politics at the University of Kent, UK


Reviews

“It is written for a broad audience – it is researched in enough depth for an academic audience, but, at the same time, it is presented in such a manner to be a good introduction for lay readers. As such, it offers a worthy, accessible contribution to the debate concerning the Trump presidency.” (Dafydd Townley, Presidential History Network, January, 2020)


“One of the first full-length books on the Trump presidency, The Ordinary Presidency of Donald J. Trump offers an interesting and novel approach. The premise is that the administration is neither as great nor as failed as supporters and critics claim it to be; rather, it is a mediocre presidency. The quality of the scholarship is very high. The coherence and presentation are interesting, accessible, and compelling.” (Daniel E. Ponder, L.E. Meador Professor of Political Science, Director, Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship, Drury University, USA)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Ordinary Presidency of the Extraordinary Donald J. Trump

    Pages 1-12

    Herbert, Jon (et al.)

  • A Trump Revolution?

    Pages 13-48

    Herbert, Jon (et al.)

  • Trump’s Electoral Politics

    Pages 49-70

    Herbert, Jon (et al.)

  • Trump the Ordinary Republican

    Pages 71-101

    Herbert, Jon (et al.)

  • Trump, the Media and the Public

    Pages 103-133

    Herbert, Jon (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Ordinary Presidency of Donald J. Trump
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04943-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04943-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-04942-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 242
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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