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The dangers for democracy from America’s populist drift

By Vivien A. Schmidt / 9 November, 2020

Donald Trump has undermined the very essence of the US Presidency. However, he and the current Republican party are not alone responsible for the decline of American democracy. The US is certainly a divided country today, but those divides have been building for a very long time, with a Republican...

Trump is gone and Trumpism is here to stay

By Rick Smith / 9 November, 2020

Progressives all over the world should take a moment to celebrate the significance of Joe Biden’s election victory. From a Canadian perspective, Trump’s corrosive impact was most acutely felt when you are America’s closest neighbour. Biden’s presidency will mark the end of that erratic policy and is expected to rekindle...

Time for Democrats to join forces across the Atlantic

By Knut Dethlefsen / 9 November, 2020

The victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris over Donald Trump and Mike Pence is a historical event, evidenced by shows of elation as people dance and celebrate in front of the White House. Screams of joy and cheering can be heard in American neighbourhoods. This country can breathe again,...

Trumpism is here to stay

By Dimitris Tsarouhas / 9 November, 2020

The 2020 election has now confirmed beyond doubt that Trump’s victory four years earlier was much more than an aberration, a mere rejection of the ‘Washington establishment’ and the result of Hillary Clinton’s inability to mobilise the Democratic base. Over the last four years, President Trump has been scolded for...

Inclusive nationalism wins in America

By John Halpin / 9 November, 2020

Joe Biden and American voters decisively defeat Donald Trump by focusing on character and a vision of post-Covid national renewal grounded on pragmatic policies for jobs, growth, and economic security for all people.  With the results now called in several key battleground states, the Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and...

The cultural politics defining the 2020 election

By Michael Kennedy / 9 November, 2020

I began writing this on 5 November when the election had still not been called, but even then we learned something as important as who would win. America is not only more divided than progressives imagined. What is worse is that we are polarised in ways that Trump conjures. On...

Young voters and the 2020 election

By Layla Zaidane / 9 November, 2020

Amidst continuing tabulation of absentee and mail-in-ballots, legal threats and challenges, and a prolonged battle for the Presidency, one thing is clear: young people turned out in historic numbers to vote in the 2020 election. Political leaders have an opportunity to sustain this energy by reinforcing the strength of our...

Elections in the United States: their meaning and impact on Latin America

By José Irán Moreno Santos / 10 November, 2020

The elections in the United States as an electoral process, which began from the definition of candidacies in political parties, the realisation of their internal electoral conventions, the pre-campaign, the appointment of their candidates and the election campaign have been followed with great interest in Mexico Latin America and the...

Lessons of the American election for Europe and the world

By Joseph Stiglitz / 6 November, 2020

Despite years of disastrous economic policy, and an even more catastrophic handling of the Covid-19 crisis, US President Donald Trump received substantially more votes in 2020 than he did in 2016. His blustering in the name of America was seen as standing up for the country by these voters –...

The democratic process is playing out in the US. But the real work is only beginning

By James Lamond / 6 November, 2020

For months, elections experts in the United States have been warning that the country would be unlikely to know who the winner is on election night. The unprecedented vote by mail and early voting across the country caused by the pandemic has created new reporting patterns, changing the way that...

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