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Donald Trump and Institutional Change Strategies

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Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904, USA
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Department of Political Science, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798, USA
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Received: 5 April 2018 / Revised: 16 June 2018 / Accepted: 18 June 2018 / Published: 6 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Intersection between Law, Politics and Public Policy)
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Abstract

This article integrates three fields of study: the “regime politics” paradigm in law and courts, the “institutional change” approach in public policy, and the “unilateral presidency” literature. In doing so, we show how law, politics, and public policy are inextricably linked, and that researchers can borrow assumptions, methods, and theories from a variety of fields. We use Donald Trump’s early presidency to show how political actors (especially presidents) can use four different change strategies. In the case of Trump, we highlight: shifting of decision-making authority via insurrectionary displacement; the elimination of the individual mandate via subversive layering; a change in drone use policy via opportunistic conversion; and a gradual desensitization and change in school choice education policy via symbiotic drift. We conclude by offering lessons for all three literatures we incorporate, as well as a way forward for studying a presidential administration that many find difficult to analyze. View Full-Text
Keywords: institutional change; displacement; layering; conversion; drift; Trump; regime politics; unilateral presidency institutional change; displacement; layering; conversion; drift; Trump; regime politics; unilateral presidency
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Cash, J.T.; Bridge, D. Donald Trump and Institutional Change Strategies. Laws 2018, 7, 27.

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