Donald Trump’s presidency produced no end of controversy. His tumultuous presidency also created new avenues of public policy and national politics. Prominent scholars of American institutions, politics and public policy assess the multiple consequences of Trump’s singular presidency in this volume. How did Trump’s unconventional behavior alter the media environment and electoral politics? Will he remain the dominant presence in the Republican Party? Are Democrats the main beneficiaries of his time in office? How lasting was his impact on the federal judiciary, Congressional-executive relations and White House management? What new directions in domestic and foreign policy are likely to survive his presidency? The authors shed much light on the temporary and permanent changes to the policy and political landscape wrought by this argumentative and controversial chief executive.
Steven E. Schier has considerable experience producing edited volumes concerning recent presidents. They include a book presenting contrasting perspectives on Obama’s time in the White House, Debating the Obama Presidency, a prize–winning edited volume on the Clinton presidency, The Postmodern President: Bill Clinton’s Legacy in U.S. Politics, a book on George W; Bush’s first term, his two-term presidency and on Obama’s first term. He also coedited volumes on the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, with Janet Box-Steffensmeier of Ohio State University. He is Congdon Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Todd E. Eberly is professor of Political Science and Public Policy at St. Mary's College of Maryland. He specializes in contemporary American politics with a focus on the effect of polarization on voters, government, and governing. Professor Eberly's has written four books with Steven Schier of Carleton College. Their first book, American Government and Popular Discontent was published in June, 2013. Polarized: The Rise of Ideology in American Politics, was released by Rowman and Littlefield in 2015. The Trump Presidency: Outsider in the Oval Office also came from Rowman and Littlefield in September 2017. Rowman and Littlefield will publish their book How Trump Happened: A System Shock Decades in the Making in the spring of 2020. He was named one of the most influential voices in Maryland politics by Campaigns and Elections magazine.
Table of Contents
The Trump Effect: Disruption and Its Consequences in US Politics and Government
Chapter One:Trust and Anger in the Trump Era, Todd E. Eberly, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Chapter Two:How Trump Changed the Republican Party—and the Democrats Too, David A. Hopkins, Boston College
Chapter Three:Trump’s Effect on the Media World and Coverage of Presidents, Diana M. Owen, Georgetown University
Chapter Four:The Legacies of Trump’s Battles with Congress, Kathryn A. Pearson, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Chapter Five:Trump’s Management of the Executive Branch, Karen M. Hult, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Chapter Six:Storming the Courts: The Trump Administration’s Judicial Agenda, Nancy L. Maveety, Tulane University
Chapter Seven:Domestic Policy Legacies of the Trump Presidency, Andrew E. Busch, Claremont McKenna College
Chapter Eight:Challenging the World: Trump Foreign Policy, Steven E. Schier, Carleton College
Donald Trump's almost entirely unanticipated presidential candidacy and his almost as entirely unprecedented victory have changed American politics--and Americans differ bitterly on whether for the better or for the worse. In The Trump Effect, a crew of distinguished political scientists assess how Trump has changed, and is still changing, American politics and American government.
The first words of the first chapter in this readable, perceptive collection of essays are, appropriately enough, “On January 6, 2021,” the unofficial beginning of Donald Trump’s post-presidency and an appropriate moment to assess the impact of his White House tenure on American politics and government. Eight political scientists examine where President Trump made a profound difference—on the federal judiciary, for one—and where he didn’t. Those judgments will take generations of academics, politicians, journalists and citizens to fully unravel and understand. Here’s a smart start.
This comprehensive analysis of the Trump presidency reveals its lasting and transitory impacts on American governmental institutions, political behavior, and policy. This is a must-read scholarly yet accessible account for academics, practitioners in government, nonprofits, and industry, and citizens around the world.
The Trump Effect is a bracing corrective to anyone under the illusion that Donald Trump and his movement represented a passing storm. This fine volume illuminates how the Trump years buffeted, and likely left enduring changes, on every institution in the American polity. Trump’s personal style—impulsive, opportunistic, wildly improvisational—often made it hard for journalists to do more than drop our jaws in disbelief. The illustrious scholars that Steven Schier convened in these pages take a step back and show that Trump is more connected to decades-long trends, and that there is more coherence to the broader agenda of the Trump movement, than perhaps even he understood.