David Malcolm is a second year PhD student based at Teesside University. He is currently studying the link between the use of the classics in political rhetoric during the American Revolution and the creation of the US Constitution.

Book Review: The American Presidency: An Institutional Approach to Executive Politics 

Howell runs against the popular and influential narrative of the personal presidency, identifying the growing gap between pundits who favour the idea and academics who are more interested in the formal and bureaucratic role of the president. Indeed, Howell’s approach offers a deeper understanding to how and why presidents behave the way they do, whether they embody the idea of the institutional presidency such as Woodrow Wilson or defy as in the case of Donald Trump. The result is a detailed and comprehensive textbook that shines a much-needed light on the executive office of the President of the United States, representing the latest scholarship surrounding the American Presidency. Continue reading