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The Evolving American Presidency

Trump, Twitter, and the American Democracy

Political Communication in the Digital Age

Authors: Ouyang, Yu, Waterman, Richard W.

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  • Includes a comprehensive dataset of all of Trump’s tweets since he first joined Twitter, from 2009 to 2019
  • Provides a compare-and-contrast of Trump’s behavior on Twitter before the 2016 Presidential Election, during the transition period, and after inauguration
  • Examines the strategic uses of Twitter by Trump
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This book takes a social science approach to address two related questions: (1) what does Donald Trump say on Twitter? and (2) why? Since entering the 2016 Presidential Election, Donald Trump’s tweets have been a major part of his communications strategy with the public. While the popular media has devoted considerable attention to selected tweets, it is less clear what those selected tweets tell us about Trump the businessman, the political candidate, and, finally, the President of the United States. We argue that to fully understand Trump, we must take a more comprehensive approach to examining all of his activities on Twitter. Overall, our analysis presents a strikingly complex picture of Trump and how he uses Twitter. Not only has his pattern of tweets changed over time, we find that Trump’s use of Twitter is more deliberate than he has been given credit. Like most other politicians, Trump is strategically-minded about his presence on social media.

About the authors

Yu Ouyang is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Purdue University Northwest, USA. His research on the U.S.presidency and quantitative methods has appeared in Congress & the Presidency, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Social Science Quarterly. 

Richard W. Waterman is Professor of Political Science at the University of Kentucky, USA. He has published numerous journal articles and books on bureaucratic politics and the presidency. 

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“Ouyang and Waterman have crafted a fascinating book that examines the Twitter-verse of Donald Trump. More importantly, their well-written effort challenges many of our assumptions about modern presidential rhetoric studies. They put forth the concept of ‘going directly public’ (GDP) which looks at how a president engages the public and uses media power to shift the political system.”

Shannon Bow O’Brien, Lecturer, University of Texas, USA

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Trump, Twitter, and the American Democracy
Book Subtitle
Political Communication in the Digital Age
Authors
Series Title
The Evolving American Presidency
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-44242-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-44242-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-44241-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 167
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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