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The Trump Administration
The President’s Legacy Within and Beyond America

Edited By

Toby S. James

ISBN 9781032195902
Published May 6, 2022 by Routledge
372 Pages

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Book Description

The Trump presidency has been one of the most eventful and controversial in American history, with consequences for the governance and policy of the US and beyond. While Trump left office claiming a long list of ‘Trump Administration Accomplishments’, his time in office was also marked by a hailstorm of criticism. But beyond the sensationalist tweets and news stories, what policy effects did he bring?

This volume provides an extensive and authoritative set of studies evaluating Donald Trump’s impact on American society and beyond. It provides a new layered framework for assessing the policy impact of leaders, which can be used for understanding presidential and prime ministerial leadership more widely. Chapters explore his impact on American democracy, Congress, the Supreme Court, the economy, the COVID-19 pandemic, the environment, American soft power, the international system and more.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal Policy Studies.

Table of Contents


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PART I: Introductory Framework

1. Assessing the policy effects of political leaders: a layered framework

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PART II: Societal Structures

2. America after Trump: from “clean” to “dirty” democracy?

Roberto Stefan Foa and Yascha Mounk

3. Trump and the “deep state”

Robert B. Horwitz

4. “Trump and racial equality in America? No pretense at all!”

Paula D. McClain

5. The visual politics and policy of Donald Trump

Dermot Hodson

PART III: Political Institutions

6. Trump and Congress

Laura Ellyn Smith

7. Trump’s lasting impact on the federal judiciary

Christine L. Nemacheck

8. Donald Trump’s impact on the Republican Party

Michael Espinoza

PART IV: Domestic Policy

9. The macroeconomic impact of Trump

Benjamin Born, Gernot J. Müller, Moritz Schularick and Petr Sedláček

10. Trump’s (mis)management of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US

Naim Kapucu and Donald Moynihan

11. The environmental legacy of President Trump

Elizabeth Bomberg

12. Trump’s authoritarian neoliberal governance and the US-Mexican border

Michelle Keck and Monica Clua-Losada

13. President Trump’s transgender moral panic

Christopher Pepin-Neff and Aaron Cohen

PART V: International Policy

14. Donald Trump’s Jacksonian and Jeffersonian foreign policy

Jan Niklas Rolf

15. Trump and US soft power

Myunghee Kim and Jonathan O. Knuckey

16. The Trump administration and China: policy continuity or transformation?

Edward Ashbee and Steven Hurst

17. Cybersecurity policy and the Trump administration

Jacob Shively

18. Trump, trust and the transatlantic relationship

Kristian L. Nielsen and Anna Dimitrova

PART VI: Conclusions for Theory and the Presidency

19. The effects of Donald Trump

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Toby S. James is Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of East Anglia, UK. He is Co-director of the Electoral Integrity Project and Editor-in-Chief of Policy Studies. His most recent books are Comparative Electoral Management and Building Inclusive Elections (edited with Holly Ann Garnett).


"Provides an essential guide by a first rate group of contributors assessing the legacy of the Trump Administration in transforming politics and policy in America."

- Professor Pippa Norris, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA


"An interesting, intriguing and diverse collection of papers which brings lots of insight to the analysis of the social, political, economic, cultural and environmental consequences – short and longer term – of this most unusual and unprecedented of Presidencies."

- Professor Colin Hay, Sciences Po, Paris, France & SPERI, University of Sheffield, UK


"All presidents leave a mark. The Trump presidency burned at a particularly high temperature, and this volume begins the important scholarly task of sifting through the embers while they are still warm."

- Dr. Dennis Grube, Reader in Politics and Public Policy, University of Cambridge, UK