John L. Campbell is Class of 1925 Professor in the Department of Sociology at Dartmouth College and Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Business and Politics at the Copenhagen Business School. He is the author of numerous books, most recently The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Institutional Analysis (2010), The National Origins of Policy Ideas (Princeton, 2014), The World of States (Bloomsbury, 2015), and The Paradox of Vulnerability (Princeton, 2017).
Pundits have viewed Donald Trump as an orange-haired meteor unexpectedly crashing into American politics. John Campbell shows that he is more like an earthquake, a result of fault lines and tectonic pressures that have been building for years. -Jacob S. Hacker, Director, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, and co-author of American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper The rise of Donald Trump cries out for historical perspective, and no one is better equipped to offer that than John Campbell. -Lane Kenworthy, Professor of Sociology and Yankelovich Chair in Social Thought, University of California-San Diego The election of President Trump was a shock, and it has led to many accounts of the dramatic events involved. John Campbell's book is utterly different, moving from events to the deep structural causes that made that election possible. Here we have intellectual insight based on powerful social science-massively moving forward our understanding of this key issue of the modern world. -John A. Hall, James McGill Professor of Comparative Historical Sociology, McGill University An accessible analysis of the social trends that prefaced the shock to democracy of Donald Trump's electoral victory...free of fake news, a smart, engaging road map regarding 'what happened.' - Kirkus