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 […]
Donald Trump’s rhetoric isn’t the end of the presidency as we know it, but a symptom of what it has become
President Trump’s use of Twitter to engage directly with the public may seem like a new era for the presidency. But, argues Christopher Putney, Trump’s tendency to reach out directly to voters is actually the latest iteration of a form of presidential rhetoric that is a century old. Looking back to Woodrow Wilson, he reminds us, that in the […]
Trump is learning the wrong lessons from Ronald Reagan – innovation policy is better than protectionism
Donald Trump has cited the example of one of his US presidential predecessors, Ronald Reagan, in support of his protectionist policies. But as research by Ufuk Akcigit, Sina Ates and Giammario Impullitti shows, it was the Reagan administration’s innovation policy – not a retreat from globalisation – that promoted long-run growth in the US economy.
In March 2018, […]
Primary Primers: Many of the candidates in the 2020 Democratic primary want to re-write America’s foreign policy
Since the early 1990s, US foreign policy has largely centered on promoting and preserving – often via military interventions – the rules-based order of democracy and free-trade across the world. Thomas Furse writes that many candidates in the Democratic Party’s 2020 primary field advocate that the US pursues a more restrained foreign policy – one that emphasizes consent, not […]