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

Special issue 42 (5-6) of Policy Studies and edited book with Routledge.

The Trump Administration, Routledge, 2022

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. 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 effects of leaders, which can be used for understanding presidential and prime ministerial leadership more widely. Chapters then explore his impact on American democracy, congress, the supreme court, the economy, the covid pandemic, the environment, American soft power, the international system and more.

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Introductory Framework

Societal structures

Political institutions

Domestic policy

International Policy


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“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, 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.