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    The Trump administration’s arguments for withdrawing from the Paris Agreement are based on flawed assumptions

The Trump administration’s arguments for withdrawing from the Paris Agreement are based on flawed assumptions

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The Trump administration is facing a key foreign policy decision: whether or not the United States should remain in the Paris Agreement on climate change. Bob Ward argues that the administration’s argument to retrench is based on flawed and false assumptions. The target set by the Obama administration as the contribution of the United States to the Agreement is […]

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    Clinton Performed Very Well in Most Urban Areas Relative to Obama, Despite Losing the Rustbelt—and the Presidency with It

Clinton Performed Very Well in Most Urban Areas Relative to Obama, Despite Losing the Rustbelt—and the Presidency with It

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Despite talk of collapsed Democrat support for Clinton, her performance in urban areas was very strong this presidential election. As Joshua D. Ambrosius argues however, her loss to Donald Trump highlights the weakness of Democrats’ urban-centric appeal, given the new-found GOP capacity to mobilise masses of rural working class and suburban Americans.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular […]

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    Democrats’ One Hope Left After 2016 Results: The Filibuster? Maybe Not.

Democrats’ One Hope Left After 2016 Results: The Filibuster? Maybe Not.

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In the midst of a Republican sweep of the Presidency, House of Representatives and the Senate, Democrats have turned to the filibuster as their final barrier against what they see as regressive Republican policies. As John Rackey of the University of Oklahoma argues, however, the Democrats’ turn to the obstructionist tool could backfire and lead to further diminished minority party powers […]

The Hillary coalition that never was

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Recent commentary on the presidential election has sought to pinpoint where Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton lost to Republican President-elect Donald Trump. Royal Holloway Doctoral Researcher Rakib Ehsan identifies three key reasons behind the election result: anti-establishment sentiment driving Trump’s vote in traditional Democratic Party strongholds, an Obama-Clinton “enthusiasm gap” among African-Americans, and a better-than-expected Republican showing among Hispanic voters […]

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    Despite Trump’s divisive rhetoric, the progressive cause is not a hopeless one

Despite Trump’s divisive rhetoric, the progressive cause is not a hopeless one

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Given Trump’s divisive rhetoric during the presidential election, many have expressed concern and fear about the course of international politics, American domestic affairs and US culture. Though acknowledging the serious danger to the status quo that President-Elect Trump poses, Terry Hathaway posits that we should be hopeful and not put too much stock in his campaign rhetoric; in addition, he notes […]

Welcome to Trumpland

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Walter Dean Burnham, of the University of Texas, Austin, warns that with Donald Trump’s victory amidst the rise of the alt-right, America should prepare itself for a tumultuous roller-coaster of a presidency over the next four years.

 

The triumph of Donald Trump was shockingly unexpected. Two technical failures played a particular role: the failure of the media and their allies, the […]

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    Trump’s Foreign Policy: the Catalyst the European Union Needed?

Trump’s Foreign Policy: the Catalyst the European Union Needed?

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Much political and media attention is currently focused on the likely consequences of a Trump presidency for US foreign policy and the USA’s European allies. Leiden University Lecturer Maxine David examines the reactions of key European leaders and argues that doubts over Trump’s foreign policy direction might be the spur that the Europeans needed to reassert their own values […]

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    America’s real challenge is the defence of democratic institutions

America’s real challenge is the defence of democratic institutions

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With much talk focusing on the likely outcomes of Trump’s protectionist economic policies, the security of America’s fundamental institutions has gone largely undiscussed. As Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi argues, however, this is where our greatest attention must go; and warns that in the context of a populist victory this presidential election, Americans must be cautious and vigilant in defending their political institutions.

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Trump and the Revolt of the Rust Belt

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Much has been made of the inaccuracy of exit polls and voting projections amidst Trump’s shocking win this week. Michael McQuarrie argues, however, that to truly appreciate why Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States we must look beyond distortionary exit polling and come to appreciate the thoroughly regional nature of his victory. Only this […]

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    Trump owes his victory to America’s unique Electoral College system

Trump owes his victory to America’s unique Electoral College system

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Despite winning the popular vote, Democrat Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to Republican candidate Donald Trump. This was made possible by America’s unusual method of picking a president, namely through its “Electoral College” system – which as Thomas J. Leeper argues, has serious consequences for the strength of Trump’s mandate and could reignite debate over electoral reform in the United […]

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