Trump’s (Mis)Management of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the US

Policy Studies, Forthcoming

20 Pages Posted: 14 May 2021

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Naim Kapucu

University of Central Florida

Donald P. Moynihan

Georgetown University - McCourt School of Public Policy

Date Written: May 13, 2021

Abstract

Crises are a time when people look to their political leaders for action. For a President who was a master of shaping political narratives, COVID-19 offered an opportunity to use his messaging skills to steer the public response. Instead, COVID-19 revealed Trump’s long-standing inability to manage governance processes reflected in a series of failures in decision-making, communication, collaboration, and coordination and control. This article examines leadership qualities needed to successfully manage crisis and compares those qualities to President Trump’s actions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The case reveals how the lack of presidential leadership left the United States in a position of failure, characterized by high case rates, deaths, and an ongoing inability to establish a basic national consensus on how to response to the pandemic.

Keywords: Crisis leadership, Presidential leadership, COVID-19, Emergency management, Crisis response

JEL Classification: H12, H83

Suggested Citation

Kapucu, Naim and Moynihan, Donald P., Trump’s (Mis)Management of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the US (May 13, 2021). Policy Studies, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3845558 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3845558

Naim Kapucu

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Donald P. Moynihan (Contact Author)

Georgetown University - McCourt School of Public Policy ( email )

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