Will Donald Trump Break Political Time? Or, Is President Trump More Like Victor Orbán or Franklin Pierce?

20 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2017 Last revised: 26 May 2017

Thomas M. Keck

Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Date Written: May 25, 2017

Abstract

Perhaps the most pressing question facing U.S. political science today is how best to understand the Donald Trump presidency. In helping us along toward this goal, I draw on two styles of contemporary political science research: historical analysis of cycles of American political development and interpretive analysis of constitutional politics. Both of these approaches run far wide of the central current of mainstream political science, and I am thankful to have first learned about both of them from Ron Kahn.

Keywords: Donald Trump, Victor Orbán, Franklin Pierce, American political development, US presidency, authoritarian constitutionalism

Suggested Citation

Keck, Thomas M., Will Donald Trump Break Political Time? Or, Is President Trump More Like Victor Orbán or Franklin Pierce? (May 25, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2950015 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2950015

Thomas M. Keck (Contact Author)

Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs ( email )

Syracuse, NY 13244
United States

HOME PAGE: http://faculty.maxwell.syr.edu/tmkeck/

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