Professor Joseph Lowndes Publishes a Perspective on Presidential Power in the Washington Post

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Perspective | Trump wants no limits on presidential power. That’s not new for the GOP.

In the Washington Post article “Trump wants no limits on presidential power. That’s not new for the GOP,” professor Joseph Lowndes offers a perspective into presidential power and its relationship with the Republican Party. Drawing on historical perspectives and contemporary events, Lowndes explores authoritarian tendencies within the GOP and its potential implications for American democracy.

"This authoritarian project didn’t begin with Trump, nor will it end with him. Instead, Trump supercharged antidemocratic tendencies at the heart of the GOP that had existed for decades," Lowndes wrote. "Regardless of whether a Republican wins the presidency in 2024, the institutional and ideological apparatus is now in place for future GOP incumbents, and it would be foolish to imagine that they would not avail themselves of it."

Joseph Lowndes is a professor of political science at the University of Oregon and a scholar of right-wing politics. He is author of the forthcoming book, "Adventures in Post-Democracy."