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Populism: The How and Why of Trump

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CCIG members Geoff Andrews, Tendayi Bloom, Will Brown, Agnes Czajka, Richard Heffernan and Eddie Wastnidge discuss Donald Trump and the rise of populism.



#1 How did Donald Trump get elected and who does he represent?

Donald Trump’s election victory came as a surprise to almost all commentators and pollsters. So how did it happen? What were the electoral factors that led to his shock victory and what might it signal for democratic political systems? Tendayi Bloom asks Richard Heffernan and Agnes Czajka to reflect on how Trump was able to win, how the US electoral system operates and the questions both raise for representative democracy.


#2 What are Donald Trump's politics?

The result left commentators scrambling to make sense of Trump's surprise victory and to assess some of its likely consequences in US domestic politics. Questions have also been raised as to whether his success, and that of other populist movements in Europe, mark a significant shift away from existing debates about left and right. Tendayi Bloom asks Geoff Andrews and Richard Heffernan about the ‘populist’ politics of Donald Trump, how these might unfold within the US system and about the rise of populism in general.


#3 What impact will Trump's victory have on international politics?

International politics, and America’s relationship with other countries, formed a critical part of Trump’s election campaign. His often strident statements on foreign affairs raise fundamental questions about the future of US foreign policy and the wider implications for cooperation and conflict in the international system. Tendayi Bloom asks Will Brown and Eddie Wastnidge about the impact of Trump’s election victory on international politics  – including the United States’ relations with China, its policy in the Middle East and towards Iran’s nuclear programme – and the more general impact on existing forms of international cooperation.

These podcasts first appeared on the OU's OpenLearn site, and we are grateful for their permission to reproduce them.


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