2018 Posts

Trump, Governance, and the Nature of Policy Reform

Hank C. Jenkins-Smith and Samuel Workman

By design, transitions between presidential administrations alter the course of public policy, and therefore, they are of significant interest for policy scholars and citizens alike. The Trump administration has evidenced a stark break with the substantive agenda of President Obama, and a management style unique in modern presidential transitions and governance. In particular, an array of “outsider” appointees promised to reconfigure the resources, constraints and opportunities within policy subsystems. All of this calls into question the resiliency of political institutions, policy systems, and governance systems.