Making America Great Again? Assessing the First Year of the Trump Presidency | 30.1.17

Making America Great Again? Assessing the First Year of the Trump Presidency | 30.1.17

“Making America Great Again? Assessing the First Year of the Trump Presidency”

Ian Stafford, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Cardiff University

Talk to be held at the National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, The Old Debating Chamber, 6.30 pm – 8 pm, 30th January 2018

The victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 US Presidential Election confounded political commentators and academics alike. His campaign’s populist message issued a promise to put America first and ‘start winning again, winning like never before’. This rhetoric was unapologetically aimed at what Trump described as the ‘forgotten men and women’ or what sociologist, Arlie Russell Hochschild, characterised as ‘strangers in their own land’. His campaign was highly divisive and appeared to deepen even further the political polarisation that has been a defining feature of the past two decades of US politics. So to what extent has the reality of Trump’s presidency matched his campaign’s rhetoric? In sharp contrast to his opponent, Hillary Clinton, and the majority of predecessors, the Trump presidency was a step into the unknown. A President with no experience of elected office at any level.

The whirlwind of events since Trump’s inauguration in January 2017 have continued to divide – from the refugee ban to the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. When history comes to judge the first year of the Trump presidency what will it say? The talk will begin to address these questions by looking at the promises that Donald Trump made during his Presidential campaign and examine the different factors which have shaped their delivery. The talk will also explore how Presidents have been evaluated and ranked, the power of the President and relations between the Presidency and Congress and the Judiciary.

The talk will cover:

  • The Trump presidency to date
  • US Politics
  • Power of the President
  • Role of Congress
  • US Domestic and Foreign Policy

Speakers Biography

Ian Stafford is a Senior Lecturer in Politics in the School of Law and Politics (LAWPL), Cardiff University. His teaching and research interests include devolution and territorial politics, British politics and public policy, theories of public policy analysis, comparative politics and US politics. Current research projects include the three year Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) Civil Society project ‘Building Trust? Institutions and interactions of multi-level governance in the UK, Germany and France’ (with Professor Alistair Cole).

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The talk is sponsored by Cardiff Sixth Form College