President Trump as status dysfunction

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Abstract

In this brief polemic we argue that Trump’s words, actions and inactions are potentially deeply damaging to the legitimacy of the office he holds and to the continuity of the institutions defining that position. This, writ large, is an issue for organization theory. We use Searle’s concept of status functions to argue that Trump invokes problems of status dysfunction. He has failed to place himself in a position to be competent and does not conform to expectations of the role of president, his presidency is characterized by disorganization and he has not become presidential. This is important in the context of US political culture and institutions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOrganization
Volume26
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)291–301
Number of pages11
ISSN1350-5084
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 517 Political science

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Gills, Barry Keith ; Patomäki, Heikki Olavi ; Morgan, Jamie. / President Trump as status dysfunction. In: Organization. 2019 ; Vol. 26, No. 2. pp. 291–301.
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In: Organization, Vol. 26, No. 2, 01.03.2019, p. 291–301.

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