American Institutional Exceptionalism and the Trump Presidency
By Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili, Ilia Murtazashvili, Tymofiy Mylovanov
Donald Trumps presidency raised fears about populist pressure on civil and economic liberties. But predictions about the death of democracy in the U.S. are considerably off the mark because American institutions are robust. Trump was constrained by democratic norms and election procedures, an independent judiciary, and polycentric federalist governanceas is every American leader. Ironically, Trump did almost nothing to expand the institutional powers of the presidencyand arguably reduced them.