MZES und GESIS: Vortrag "The 2016 Elections in the U.S.: Is this any way to elect our leaders?"

13.10.2016 (15:00 - 17:00)
Universität Mannheim, A 5,6 Raum A 230/231, Deutschland (Regionalgruppe Rhein-Neckar, Studierende)

Am Donnerstag, den 13. Oktober 2016, 15:00 Uhr lädt das MZES gemeinsam mit GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften zum englischsprachigen Vortrag „The 2016 Elections in the U.S.: Is this any way to elect our leaders?" von Professor John H. Aldrich (Duke University) ein.

Zur Veranstaltung / Abstract:

To many of the pundits and political experts in the U.S., the events leading up to the 2016 general elections were dramatic, surprising, and unpredictable (and, of course, they may still be when results come in). But in fact, by putting American elections into their political and historical context we will see that the range of what was unexpected is actually rather small. Why we have closely contested elections for the U.S. House, Senate, and presidency, and yet why so few congressional seats and state delegations for electing the president are competitive describes the U.S. electoral and party system of the 21st century so far, and 2016 seems no different. Even the (admittedly highly unusual) American system of selecting presidential nominees formed patterns that have appeared regularly in recent decades. The real surprise to most commentators was "why Trump?" The answer appears to be that his core is apparently supporting him not because of who he is but because of what has been unrepresented in American national politics for the last 30 years. Who he is and what his candidacy might mean for America's two great parties are what is genuinely unexpected in the 2016 elections.

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