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Phantoms of a Beleaguered Republic: The Deep State and The Unitary Executive

Stephen Skowronek, John A. Dearborn, and Desmond King


As the nation’s chief executive, Donald Trump pitted himself repeatedly against the institutions and personnel of the executive branch. In the process, two once-obscure concepts came center stage in an eerie face-off. On one side was the specter of a “Deep State” conspiracy – administrators threatening to thwart the will of the people and undercut the constitutional authority of the president they elected to lead them. On the other side was a raw personalization of presidential power, one that a theory of “the unitary executive” gussied up and allowed to run roughshod over reason and the rule ... More

Keywords: Deep State, depth, unitary executive, presidency, the state, administration, Trump administration, American political development, republicanism, Progressivism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197543085
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197543085.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Skowronek, author
Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political Science and Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University

John A. Dearborn, author
Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Yale University

Desmond King, author
Andrew Mellon Professor of American Government, Oxford University