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“Dueling Populists and the Political Ecology of 2016”

Distinguished Professor Robert Huckfeldt, UC Davis
May 09, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump ran election campaigns designed to appeal to everyday Americans left behind by social and economic progress. Clinton reached out to young people, women, and minorities. Trump reached out to a disadvantaged white working class. Clinton portrayed Trump and his wealth as the creation of an unjust social and economic system. Trump portrayed Clinton as a politically corrupt tool of her Wall Street supporters. Distinguished Professor Huckfeldt assesses the political ecology of their support within the electorate, the implications for a united populist appeal, and the future of American party coalitions.

Robert Huckfeldt is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at University of California, Davis. His Huckfeldt Photoprimary research interests lie in participation, communication, and decision-making. He is the author of several books and numerous publications, including his most recent book, Experts, Activists, and Interdependent Citizens: Are Electorates Self-Educating? He is the past director of the UC Center Sacramento and the UC Davis Institute for Governmental Affairs. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


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