Conclusion: The Five Rules of Trump

  • Robert J. SpitzerEmail author
Part of the The Evolving American Presidency book series (EAP)


Spitzer offers five rules the he argues explain Donald Trump’s decisions and actions as president. The rules, derived from Trump’s business career, are explicated by applying them to Trump’s handling of the issue of gun policy. They also provide a framework for examining the findings of the other chapters in the book, including addressing presidential lying, threats to the Constitutional Order, unilateral powers, and court actions. Finally, the case of Trump is examined for the numerous avenues of future presidency research suggested by this unprecedented presidency.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceState University of New York College at CortlandCortlandUSA

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