Is President Trump More Like Viktor Orbán or Franklin Pierce?
10 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2017 Last revised: 14 Nov 2017
Date Written: May 25, 2017
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
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