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Donald Trump - The American Machiavelli?: A single case study of Trump’s political leadership in relation to the USMexican border wall
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The following bachelor’s thesis aims to examine Donald Trump’s political leadership style, and which leadership attributes he displays to gain follower support behind political policy propositions. Based on the leadership theories of Machiavellianism and charismatic leadership, the thesis more specifically examines: How Donald Trump, if at all, displays Machiavellian and charismatic leadership attributes in his political leadership. In particular, how are these attributes displayed when justifying his proposition of a US-Mexican border wall? The thesis builds upon a single case study and uses a qualitative content analysis in order to analyze the data. Through gathered speeches from the search tool “factba.se”, it has been observed that Trump’s leadership concerning the wall against the Mexican border display certain Machiavellian and charismatic leadership attributes. The results indicate that the most frequently displayed attributes in Trump’s political leadership regarding the wall is that he uses authoritarian and confident arguments to a higher extent than narcissistic and controversial arguments to justify his proposition of a US-Mexican border wall.

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2019. , p. 59
Keywords [en]
Machiavellianism; Charismatic leadership; Trump; Political Leadership; Mexican wall
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-14123Local ID: EIS501OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-14123DiVA, id: diva2:1337797
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Political science
Educational program
International Programme in Politics and Economics
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Available from: 2019-07-23 Created: 2019-07-17 Last updated: 2019-07-23Bibliographically approved

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