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RMIT University and Australian-American Fulbright Commission presents Fulbright-Flinders Distinguished Chair Public Lecture
American Political Polarization and the Presidential Race of 2016
The defining trend in American politics over the past generation has been the polarization of the nation’s parties, with Democrats and Republican moving further and further apart on the ideological spectrum. What are the roots of this shift, and how do they impact elections and policymaking today? Has polarization occurred purely among political leaders, or have voters moved apart as well? What can data from state governments tell us about national polarization? How might today’s political dynamic shape how the next presidential election will be contested? Professor Thad Kousser will address these questions by looking at the history of polarization and its modern manifestations in America – and comparing them to partisan trends in Australian politics.
Professor Thad Kousser
Fulbright-Flinders Distinguished Chair in American Political Science
Professor Thad Kousser, Professor with Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego has been awarded one of two prestigious Fulbright Distinguished Chairs in American Political Science for 2012 sponsored by Flinders University. He will undertake a Fulbright Lecture Series at universities around Australia speaking about his research on the evolving partisan polarization of environmental politics, and the impacts of such divisions on a domestic policymaking in Australia and the U.S.
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