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Ryan Hurl teaches American politics, constitutional law, and political theory in the political science department at the University of Toronto. He was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and completed his BA at the University of Toronto and his PhD at Cornell University. He is the author of Judicial Power and Institutional Constraints, and he is currently completing an on-line, open access textbook on American politics. Dr. Hurl’s fourteen year old son made a more accurate prediction about the 2016 Presidential election than he did.
The election of Donald Trump has raised concerns about the future of American politics. Many suspect that Trump’s populism foreshadows an era of post-constitutional politics, particularly in regards to immigration policy, security policy, and the treatment of non-citizens within the United States. Yet the American political order as a whole, including civil society, Congress, and the legal system, possess all of the resources necessary to restrain Presidential authoritarianism. Just as importantly, the election of Trump will provide an opportunity for Americans of all political stripes to re-assess the case for limiting Presidential power in both foreign and domestic policy.
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