Book launch: The Ordinary Presidency of Donald J. Trump

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The presidency of Donald J. Trump is rather ordinary. Trump himself may be the most unorthodox president the US has ever had. But even with his extraordinary personality and approach to the job, his presidency is proving quite ordinary in its accomplishments and outcomes. As with most modern presidents, the scope of Trump’s achievements is rather meagre. Despite dramatic claims to a revolution in US politics, Trump has achieved relatively little. His few policy achievements are mostly mainstream Republican ones rather than the radical, anti-establishment, swamp-draining changes promised on the campaign trail: the populist insurgent who ran against Washington has followed a policy agenda largely in tune with conservative Republican traditions. The Ordinary Presidency of Donald J. Trump provides a detailed explanation for the discrepancy between Trump’s extraordinary approach and the relative mediocrity of his achievements. Ironically, it is precisely Trump’s extraordinariness as president that has helped render his presidency ordinary.

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