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The Forum

A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics

Ed. by Disalvo, Daniel / Stonecash, Jeffrey

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Volume 15, Issue 2


The Anti-Analytic Presidency Revisited

Philip Rocco
Published Online: 2017-07-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/for-2017-0022


In his first months as president, Donald Trump has demonstrated an unprecedented aversion to expert-oriented decision making. This essay examines how Trump’s presidency exposes tensions in what Skowronek and Orren (2016) refer to as the “policy state”, especially within institutions that produce expert analyses of presidential action. While an absence of policy expertise has hampered Trump’s agenda, his administration has also taken steps to discredit unfavorable analyses, subvert rules requiring the use of objective analysis, and construct new institutions to promote ‘alternative facts’. By deepening public division and distrust, such activities may restructure the political environment in which the Trump presidency itself is judged.


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Corresponding author: Philip Rocco, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Published Online: 2017-07-29

Published in Print: 2017-07-26

Citation Information: The Forum, Volume 15, Issue 2, Pages 363–378, ISSN (Online) 1540-8884, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/for-2017-0022.

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