A Growing Economy or a Green Economy? A Discourse Analysis of President Ronald Reagan and President Donald Trump's Stance on Environmentalism
This thesis contains a discourse analysis of speeches and statements on environmentalism by President Ronald Reagan and President Donald Trump, between 1981-1989 and 2015-2020. The theory on ‘Environmental Worldviews’ by Jennifer Clapp and Peter Dauvergne was used to analyze their speeches and political views on environmentalism during their administrations. First, environmentalism during both the Reagan and Trump administrations will be explained in more detail. Subsequently, statements and speeches by Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump will be analyzed, to find out to which ‘Environmental Worldview’ their politics belong. My analysis indicates that President Ronald Reagan fits the category of the ‘Market Liberals’. Despite the fact that Donald Trump’s politics are somewhat more difficult to put into a category, he shows most indicators for Market Liberals.
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