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Changing Their Minds? – Donald Trump and Presidential Leadership - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Changing Their Minds?: Donald Trump and Presidential Leadership

George C. Edwards III


Despite popular perceptions, presidents rarely succeed in persuading either the public or members of Congress to change their minds and move from opposition to particular policies to support of them. As a result, the White House is not able to alter the political landscape and create opportunities for change. Instead, successful presidents recognize and skillfully exploit the opportunities already found in their political environments. If they fail to understand their strategic positions, they are likely to overreach and experience political disaster. Donald Trump was a distinctive president, ... More

Keywords: president, leadership, Donald Trump, Congress, public opinion, strategic position, opportunities, context, persuade

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226775500
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226775647.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George C. Edwards III, author
Texas A&M University

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