DONALD TRUMP AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
The Harbinger of a Storm?
Economy & Politics, Public Law
Mario Patrono, Arianna Vedaschi
Mario Patrono is a professor emeritus of comparative and European public law at the University of Rome "La Sapienza"; he has served as a Visiting Professor of Fundamentals of European Union Law and Civil Law for Common Lawyers at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He is the author of publications on Italian and comparative constitutional law and European Union law. Additionally, he was a member of the Superior Council of the Judiciary (1990-1994) and the Board of Directors of the It...
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At the core of this book lies the premise that President Trump's governing style serves as a harbinger for the potential emergence of a semi-democratic authoritarian government, particularly as the white majority of voters—currently holding the keys to wealth and power—transforms into a minority around 2050.
The narrative delves into Trump's political trajectory, marked by the unique circumstance of facing two impeachments within a single term—an unprecedented occurrence.
Amidst murky relations with Russia and policy choices seemingly indifferent to laws and constitutional principles, Trump endeavors to establish himself as a plebiscitary leader and a national influencer. His assertions of formidable power, seemingly immune to challenges and traditional checks and balances, underscore a broader vulnerability within American democracy, revealing its "immune defenses" to be insufficient.
Trump's actions have exposed the fragility of the American democratic system, sounding alarms about the imperative need for reinforcement. This concern is magnified by the potential ripple effect, as the weakening of American democracy may reverberate globally, short-circuiting other democracies.
The authors posit that, through legal means, steps can be taken to avert such a scenario. In light of this, the book advocates for preventative measures to fortify democratic institutions and address vulnerabilities, emphasizing the importance of shoring up these "immune defenses" to protect not only American democracy but also to safeguard democratic principles worldwide.
The Erosion of Liberal Democracy: A Phenomenon that Concerns the United States too?
1.Fukuyama’s Prophecy and the Great Illusion
2.2050: A Turning Point in the American Democracy?
3.What Good Trump Has Left behind Him
4.Donald Trump, a Bolt from the Blue or the Harbinger of a Storm?
5.Populism, Political Communication, and Trumpism
Signs of the Breaking of Democratic Rules and Practices
6.Trump and the U.S. Constitution, One Premise and Four Events
7.A Premise. The Presidency According to Trump
8.Trump, the Mueller Report and Obstruction of Justice
VI Donald Trump and the Future of American Democracy
9.The So-Called (Muslim) Travel Ban Tested against the First Amendment
The Clash over the First Version of the Travel Ban
... and over the Second Version
... and over the Third Version
A Final Remark
10.The Attempt Made to Tightly Seal the South-West Border:
The Mexican Wall
The Executive Order on Border Security under Examination at Congress
...and under the Courts Examination
11. The Executive and Legislative Power in the Age of Trump
12.A Blood-Drenched Offence to the Temple of Democracy:
The Attack of the “Patriots” on Capitol Hill
A Digression on Impeachment
The Sword of Damocles Looms on the Horizon for Trump
Some Potential Bolsters to Insert (or Restore) in the American Democratic System
13.The Fragility of American Democracy
Before Approaching the Starting Line:
An Indispensable Reliability Test
During the Term of Office
14.The President: Roi Soleil of the Executive Branch?
15.Trump on the Chess Board of Power, a Game in Three “Moves”
The First “Move”
The Second “Move”
The Third “Move”
The Constitution, Interpretation of the Constitution, and Democracy
16. The Twenty-Second Amendment
The Use of the Armed Forces
The Allocation of Resources Necessary to Enable the Executive Apparatus to Function
Nominating the Highest Officials in the Executive Branch
17. Two Redlines and a Conclusion
18. A More Comprehensive View