The Trump Administration

Special Issue of Policy Studies

Donald Trump’s Legacy and Effects

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.

Articles will appear here upon publication in early view on a rolling basis, and ahead of the full special issue:
  • Introduction: the policy effects of political leaders, Toby S. James
  • President Trump and Congress, Laura Smith (Oxford)
  • The macro-economic impact of Trump, Benjamin Born (Frankfurt), Gernot Mueller (Tübingen), Moritz Schularick (Bonn) and Petr Sedlacek (Oxford University).
  • Trump’s (mis)management of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US. Naim Kapucu (University of Central Florida) and Donald Moynihan (Georgetown University)
  • The environmental legacy of Donald Trump, Elizabeth Bomberg (Edinburgh University)
  • The Visual Politics and Policy of Donald Trump, Dermot Hodson (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Trump’s Jacksonian and Jeffersonian Foreign Policy, Jan Niklas Rolf (Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
  • The Trump Administration and China: Policy Continuity or Transformation? Edward Ashbee (Copenhagen Business School) and Steven Hurst (Manchester Metropolitan University)