The Trump presidency has been one of the most eventful and controversial in American history, with consequences for the governance and policy of the United States and beyond.   His time in office saw claims that the democratic norms were being undermined, the spread of Covid-19, and a changed approach in US foreign policy.  He was commonly referred to as an ‘authoritarian populist’ who sought to govern in a way that was a clear departure from previous American presidents.

His presidency may have lasted only four years, but ‘Trumpism’ may be said to continue and have longer wider consequences.

This special issue of Policy Studies will consider the causes, effects and consequences of the Presidency.

Papers are welcome that may include any of the following topics:

  • President Trump’s legacy for the Republican Party.
  • The leadership and governing style of President Trump.
  • The long-term effects of the Trump presidency on public policy areas including, but not limited to:
    • Democracy, party polarization, governance, political institutions, and human rights within the United States and beyond.
    • Domestic policy areas such as Covid-19, the economy, racial justice, health care, taxation and inequality, the courts, immigration and other less visible areas.
    • International issues such as the environment, international trade and multilateral relations.
    • Foreign Policy and relationships between the USA and other states such as China, Iran and the wider world.
  • The broader consequences and lessons from the Trump presidency and ‘Trumpism’ for understanding governance, policy and politics.

Papers should:

  • Typically be 6,000 to 7,000 words in length, but longer articles of up to 9,000 words are also welcome
  • Submissions should follow the Policy Studies instructions for authors.
  • Authors are advised to contact the Editor-in-Chief, Toby James, in advance to inform him of the intention to submit.
  • Submissions should be made before 20th February 2021. Please note, however, that papers will be reviewed and published on a rolling basis so early submission is advised.

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