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Donald Trump’s Dealings with Congress: An Illusory Leadership

Should the Trump presidency be seen as a renewal of the “imperial presidency”, originally denounced by Arthur Schlesinger? Donald Trump’s postures could induce some to identify them as a form of authoritarianism, but this presidency is, on the contrary, the symptom of a polarised political system torn apart by partisan divisions, in which the executive’s actions are often thwarted. While Barack Obama’s presidency also illustrated the limits of presidential powers in a polarised partisan context, Donald Trump’s illustrates what happens when the presidency itself is polarised. It has become a mere shadow of the New Deal presidency. Henceforth, the host of the White House’s plebiscitary powers seem limited to the mobilisation of a narrow electoral base through the social networks and the multiplication of administrative fiats.

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Référence électonique : François VERGNIOLLE DE CHANTAL, "Donald Trump’s Dealings with Congress: An Illusory Leadership", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°172, 172 - Trump, p.111-123 . Consulté le 2020-05-29 11:28:43 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Donald-Trump-s-Dealings-with.html