More than a decade on from his historic election victory to become the first African American president, to many, in light of President Trump’s election, Barack Obama is the epitome of what a president should be. David Wise writes that despite the 44th president’s electoral successes, President Obama stumbled in areas many Progressives hold dear, such as continuing drone […]
Five minutes with Peter Trubowitz: “Mueller has left a big question mark hanging over the president’s head“
Last Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered his final report to the US Attorney General, William Barr, who then sent a short summary of the report to Congress. LSE US Centre Director, Peter Trubowitz writes that while Trump has avoided the worst – charges of collusion between his 2016 election campaign and Russia were found to be without merit […]
Elections in the US are skewed: twice in the last twenty years, the winner of the popular vote in a presidential election has lost the Electoral College vote. Steven Mulroy argues that only by adopting Proportional Representation can the US overcome current electoral challenges like gerrymandering and the “Big Sort”. He writes that countries such as Australia have successfully […]
Senators who vote against their party to end debate are more likely to win tough re-election races back home.
In the contemporary US Senate the votes that count are those to end debate and to proceed with the motion at hand. In new research Carlos Algara and Joe Zamadics look at why some Senators break with their party and vote to end debate rather than sustain a filibuster. They find that when majority party Senators defect for such […]
Yes, President Trump can use a national emergency to build a Wall – Congress gave him permission four decades ago
Last month, President Trump declared a national emergency in order to build more barriers on the US southern border with Mexico. While many have condemned the President’s move – and Congress has voted to overturn the declaration – Eric Svensen argues that Trump is well within his rights to act in this way. The President, he writes, is using […]
Why the 2020 Democratic nomination may come down to a contest between Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar
In his second article on the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, David Wise outlines, based on history and recent party dynamics, how the contest may unfold. He writes that given the party’s seeming desire for a younger more diverse candidate, California Senator Kamala Harris is likely to be the candidate of the Establishment wing. Harris, he writes, in turn may […]
Taking the redistricting process out of the hands of state legislatures can mean more competitive US House elections
In the United States, individual states control how US House districts are apportioned: in some the legislature creates these maps, while in others this is done by independent redistricting commissions. Ahead of the redistricting process which will follow the 2020 census, Ryan D. Williamson looks at how the methods used by states to redraw district lines effects electoral competitiveness. […]
How the dozens of likely candidates in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary will be winnowed down to one.
Almost a year before any primary or caucuses take place, there are dozens of potential candidates for the Democrats’ 2020 presidential nomination. In his first of two articles focusing on the Democratic contest, David Wise sorts through the potential contenders, classifying them as Establishment, Progressive or Midland candidates. He argues that changes to the primary process mean that we […]
In the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election, all 50 states will hold either primaries or caucuses to select the presidential nominees for the Republican and Democratic parties. Barbara Norrander outlines how presidential primaries and caucuses operate, who can vote in them, and how they may be different in 2020 compared to past elections.
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