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Trump's First Year

Michael Nelson (author)

ISBN: 9780813941448

Publication Date: Dec 2017

Format: Paperback

Donald Trump took office in January 2017 under mostly favourable conditions. He inherited neither a war nor an economic depression, and his party controlled both houses of Congress. In Trump's First Year, Michael Nelson provides a thorough account and scholarly assessment of Donald Trump's first year as president, starting with his election and transition in 2016.
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Donald Trump took office in January 2017 under mostly favorable conditions. He inherited neither a war nor an economic depression, and his party controlled both houses of Congress. He leveraged this successfully in some ways by delivering on his campaign promises to roll back regulations on business, and he saw his nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, approved swiftly and with little controversy. Many more actions, however, have been perceived as failures or even threats to a safe, functional democracy, from immigration policies defied by state and local governments and volatile dealings with North Korea to unsuccessful attempts to pass major legislation and the inability to fill government positions or maintain consistent White House staff.

In Trump's First Year, Michael Nelson, one of our finest and most objective presidential scholars, provides a thorough account and scholarly assessment of Donald Trump's first year as president, starting with his election and transition in 2016. The analysis is grounded in the modern history of the presidency as well as in the larger constitutional and political order. Nelson considers the dramatic election itself, the forming and reforming of the administration, congressional relations, executive actions, bureaucratic politics, judicial appointments and decisions, media relations and public communications, and public opinion.

Published on the first anniversary of Trump's inauguration, Nelson's book offers the most complete and up-to-date assessment of this still-unfolding story.

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'The power of Trump's First Year comes from Nelson's style--controlled, compact, clipped, and matter-of-fact. This is one of those experiences that reveals itself most profoundly when it is allowed to speak for itself. I was thoroughly taken in, and before I knew it, there was no good way out.'
-Stephen Skowronek, Yale University, author of The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton
Pages 192
Dimensions 203 x 127
Date Published 30 Dec 2017
Publisher University of Virginia Press
Series Miller Center Studies on the Presidency
Subject/s Politics & Government   Political leaders & leadership  
Michael Nelson is Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College and a Senior Fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center. He is the author of Resilient America: Electing Nixon in 1968, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government, winner of the American Political Science Association's Eustadt Award for best book published on the presidency in 2014, and the coeditor, with Jeffrey L. Chidester and Stefanie Georgakis Abbott, of Crucible: The President's First Year (Virginia).

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