Trump Presidency: America’s Role in a Changing Global Politics


“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first,” vowed US 45th President Donald Trump during his inauguration on January 20 where he outlined his administration’s platforms described as ‘nationalist’, ‘populist’ and importantly an “isolationist view” of U.S. global role.

While the Republican President is set to redefine a new vision of “America first” for the next four years, it is inevitable for a deeply-engaged United States to restrain itself and downplay its global role as a ‘superpower’ especially amidst a rebalancing of the international system, which is becoming increasingly unpredictable brought by a number of growing economic and military powers as well as unexpected events in most important regions and nations around the world.

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Consensus & Reason towards Legitimacy

Consensus remains a vital enterprise in the democratic system as it is essential in formulating policies, making collective decisions, effecting political processes, and defining political outcomes. A well-functioning democracy that embodies consensus provides wide-range of opportunities for citizens towards directing an equitable socioeconomic outcomes and political reforms thru policies and decisions that are need-responsive to both leaders and citizens. A weak democracy, however, that is fragmented of this quality deprives citizens and policymakers the capacity to advance socioeconomic progress and bureaucratic reforms (Mendoza, et al., 2015)[1].

Deliberative democracy, as a growing thought in contemporary times, is concerned at arriving political consensus and collective decision-making through participatory and ‘consequential’ deliberation by citizens affected or their representatives. It emerged as a radical response to the conventional democratic thought that puts voting as a translation of citizens’ decisions and preferences which, according to theorists, does not actually translate it into a more legitimate action since risks of manipulation of voters’ choices are apparent and the process by which decisions are conceptualized is not ‘rational’ as a whole.

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