- Places Trump’s presidential leadership style within a comparatively historical and political development theoretical framework
- Considers Trump’s use of social media as a form of public politics that represents an adaptation of presidential communication style to new technology while rebuffing the traditional bully pulpit
- Assesses the impact of Trump’s negative rhetoric and efforts to challenge if not delegitimize other national institutions (Courts, Congress), question media truthfulness, and his personalization of political opponents
- Employs case studies to weigh Trump’s political strategy, from mobilizing grassroots support to foreign diplomacy
This book evaluates the presidency of Donald Trump from a comparative, historical approach to connect his populist style to his predecessors.
Trump’s method of communication through social media obviously differs from previous candidates and presidents with populist platforms, but his themes - a disdain for elites, grassroots support, majoritarianism, anti-intellectual discourse, and nativismborrow variably from such figures as Andrew Jackson, Huey Long, Barry Goldwater, and Ross Perot. As such, Trump’s approach to governance falls within a long tradition of populism dating to the 19th Century.
About the Author
Table of ContentsChapter 1: Populist Disrupter-in-Chief
Chapter 2: The Populist Precedent
Chapter 3: The Roots of Trump’s Populism
Chapter 4: 2016: Year of the Populists
Chapter 5: The Populist-Elect and the Permanent Campaign
Chapter 6: The Populist as Policymaker
Chapter 7: The Populist in Peril
Chapter 8: Epilogue: Quo Vadis?
Tables and Figures
Conceptualizing and Comparing Populist Candidates, Presidents, and Movements
Recurrent Structures in Presidential Authority in Skowronek’s Political Time Framework
Trump’s Potential Placement in "Political Time"
Post-Election Rallies, December 2016
Post-Inaugural Rallies, 2017
Executive Orders by Policy Area, 2017-2018
Executive Memoranda by Policy Area, 2017-2018
The Perils of Trump’s Presidency
What People are Saying About This
Scholars will try to make sense of President Trump for decades to come. Marrying populist theory with well-established theories of the American Presidency, Richard Conley’s keen analysis and insights help us make sense of Trump, America’s most successful populist. The work is essential reading for students of the presidency.