A look at the Obama – Trump transition.
A Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University draws on his experience interviewing around 1,000 politicians to provide a paper covering “stuff I wish someone had told me at the beginning”. Note — this is a link to a page where you can read the abstract of the paper and download the full PDF or read it in your browser.
A collection of 20 stories shared in previous editions that together, go some way to telling the story of the Trump presidency.
It’s telling in its own way that in this administration where personalities were paramount, rather than covering legislative change or other signature issues, many of the pieces are profiles of characters in the Trump soap opera.
The edition comprises five sections:
Note that the story descriptions are contemporaneous to when they were first shared, so in some cases things will have changed. For instance, several of the people described in them have since been fired.
An opinion piece suggesting that the neoliberal approach to government’s time is coming to an end, and that “a space has opened up for a different, more realistic view of human nature: that humankind has evolved to cooperate.” The author recognises that what will fill that space is far from certain.
A profile of the United States Attorney General William Barr, in his second stint in the role, after first serving in George H.W. Bush’s administration in the early 1990s. His successor from his first incumbency had this to say on his influence in the Trump administration: “Those who think he’s a tool of Donald Trump are missing the point..If anything, it’s the other way around. Barr is vastly more intelligent than Donald Trump…Bill has longstanding views about how society should be organized, which can now be manifested and acted upon to a degree that they never could have before.”