Low-conceptual complexity and Trump's foreign policy
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This article examines President Trump’s foreign policy behaviour as a product of a leadership style that is entrenched in a plutocratic worldview. We apply elements of Hermann’s leadership traits framework to Trump’s engagement with NATO, and characterize him as a low-conceptual complexity president, enabled by limited search for information and advice, a confrontational and insensitive approach to his environment, and proclivity to violate international norms and rules. We show that Trump’s low-conceptual complexity is underpinned by a plutocratic worldview which is transactional and money-first. We argue that while this signals change between Trump and his predecessors, this plutocratic approach has been one of the most significant sources of consistency within Trump’s administration.
|Number of pages||15|
|Early online date||5 Mar 2020|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 5 Mar 2020|
- foreign policy analysis, leadership styles, change & continuity, US foreign policy, NATO, Trump