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    Book Review: Seeing Politics: Film, Visual Method, and International Relations by Sophie Harman

Book Review: Seeing Politics: Film, Visual Method, and International Relations by Sophie Harman

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In Seeing Politics: Film, Visual Method and International Relations, Sophie Harman explores film as a method and output of research in International Relations, drawing on her experience of creating the narrative feature film, Pili, informed by decolonial and feminist approaches. In presenting the making of the film as a process of learning and a method capable of finding the limits of […]

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    The Democratic primary shows the weakening role of elites in choosing the nominee.

The Democratic primary shows the weakening role of elites in choosing the nominee.

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In modern presidential primaries, there is often a disconnect between the candidate that primary voters want, and the more pragmatic electoral choice of party elites. Josh Ryan argues that the “party decides” model of primary election has been tested in recent years, with the nomination of Donald Trump in 2016 and the likely selection of Joe Biden, a candidate […]

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    Why critiques of Bernie Sanders’ populism miss the mark 

Why critiques of Bernie Sanders’ populism miss the mark 

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While it now looks almost impossible that that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will be the Democrats’ presidential nominee, his populist candidacy has once again struck a chord with many Democratic voters. Taylor Downs responds to recent critiques of Sanders’ populism, arguing that his rhetoric focuses on a tiny group of elites who have wealth and power, and who are deeply invested in maintaining […]

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    Primary Primers: The Covid-19 crisis will disrupt the 2020 presidential election, but it won’t be suspended.

Primary Primers: The Covid-19 crisis will disrupt the 2020 presidential election, but it won’t be suspended.

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The Covid-19 crisis is causing global disruption, with the US far from immune. Peter Finn and Robert Ledger sketch out how the crisis is, and could, affect the ongoing primary process and the presidential election in November. 

This article is part of our Primary Primers series curated by Rob Ledger (Frankfurt Goethe University) and Peter Finn (Kingston University). Ahead […]

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    Why Donald Trump’s model of executive power cannot cope with the Covid-19 crisis 

Why Donald Trump’s model of executive power cannot cope with the Covid-19 crisis 

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Since his election, President Trump has largely governed as he campaigned, with appeals to nativism and prejudice, and has transformed the presidency into a kind of performance, writes Christopher J. Putney. With a president who is constitutionally incapable of real leadership, he argues, American democracy is wholly unprepared for the crisis.

Stripped of its partisan iconography, all of the familiar institutional trappings, and its near-mythic role in Americans’ collective imagination, the presidency is really about one […]

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    The Ballpark Podcast S4 E1: Kentucky: Realigning, Republican, Religious, and Rural

The Ballpark Podcast S4 E1: Kentucky: Realigning, Republican, Religious, and Rural

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Welcome back to Season 4 of The Ballpark from the LSE US Centre! This season we’re continuing our State of the States theme and exploring some fascinating US states and the key policy issues within them. For our Season 4 premiere, we’re heading to the Bluegrass State – Kentucky – to talk about the state’s geography, state politics, and […]

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    Primary Primers: In this election, the Democrats are facing an uphill battle to reclaim patriotism for the left

Primary Primers: In this election, the Democrats are facing an uphill battle to reclaim patriotism for the left

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Patriotism and what it means to be an ‘American’ is often seen as the domain of the Republican rather than the Democratic Party. In challenging Donald Trump for the presidency this year, the Democrats are faced with the challenge of offering a unifying national identity in the face of the Republicans’ nationalism, writes Kristin Hanson. The Democratic candidates have […]

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    Primary Primers: Why the Democrats may have a shot at winning Ohio this fall

Primary Primers: Why the Democrats may have a shot at winning Ohio this fall

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While Ohio has historically been considered to be a swing state, in the 2016 election, The Buckeye State went against the national trend and voted for Donald Trump. Kevin Fahey takes a close look at how the presidential election may unfold in Ohio, writing that because of the potential impact of COVID-19 on the economy, and the likelihood of […]

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    Michael Bloomberg won’t be president, but he has written a new chapter in using personal wealth and influence in US elections

Michael Bloomberg won’t be president, but he has written a new chapter in using personal wealth and influence in US elections

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Last week, following a poor Super Tuesday performance, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Melissa M. Smith writes that while Bloomberg has proven for now that the presidency can’t be bought by a billionaire, his plans to support former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign for the nomination does show […]

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    Ahead of the 2020 election, rural voters do not view any of the Democratic candidates favorably

Ahead of the 2020 election, rural voters do not view any of the Democratic candidates favorably

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In the 2016 election, rural voters broke for Donald Trump, while voters in cities voted for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As the 2020 election approaches, will Democrats be able to make inroads with rural voters? Using survey data on rural resentment, Jack Thompson finds that most rural voters have a negative view of candidates running in the […]

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