Dysfunction by Design: Trumpism as Administrative Doctrine
Forthcoming in Public Administration Review, 2021
19 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2020 Last revised: 22 Dec 2020
Date Written: December 18, 2020
The administration of President Donald Trump caused widespread damage to administrative capabilities of the American federal government. Actions of the administration can be attributed to several causes, including character weaknesses of the President himself, the disadvantages of a political insurgent, and the challenges faced by every president in an era of divided government. The actions of the administration also reflect a governing strategy we categorize as Trumpism. Important elements of Trumpism will continue to have political force in coming years. Attempts by the Biden administration to restore administrative capabilities will be constrained by these political realities.
Keywords: Trumpism, populism, administrative reform, strategy, governance
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