What Can We Expect from the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election?

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The Centre on US Politics collaborates with Policy and Practice to bring you a timely and significant event on the upcoming US election.

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The 2020 U.S. presidential election will take place amidst the background of a global pandemic, high unemployment, protests for racial justice, catastrophic wildfires wrought by climate change, and rising political polarisation. At stake is the direction of direction of federal politics and policymaking for the next four years, as well as control of the Senate, the House of Representatives and a number of state offices. What can we expect from a Biden Administration or a second term of the Trump Administration? In this panel discussion, four experts will discuss politics, policy and governance under President Trump’s first term and what this election may bring after November 3rd, 2020.


Dr Brian Klaas

Brian Klaas is a political scientist at UCL and a weekly columnist for the Washington Post. He has written three books: The Despot's Accomplice (Oxford University Press), The Despot's Apprentice (Hurst & Co), and How to Rig an Election (Yale University Press). His research focuses on democracy, authoritarianism, Trumpism, the nature of power, political violence, and US foreign policy. Before becoming an academic, he co-managed a winning campaign for Governor in his home state of Minnesota.

Professor Anne Joseph O’Connell

Anne Joseph O’Connell is a lawyer and political scientist whose research and teaching focuses on administrative law and the federal bureaucracy. Outside of the Stanford Law School, she is a contributor to the Center on Regulation and Markets at the Brookings Institution and an appointed senior fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States, an independent federal agency dedicated to improving regulatory procedures. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Public Administration, and an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Dr Colin Provost

Colin Provost is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Director of the MSc in Public Policy at UCL. His research focuses primarily on the design and enforcement of regulatory policy in the United States; much of his research has examined how the behaviour of elected prosecutors (state attorneys general) affects the enforcement of state and federal law and how this in turn affects business regulatory compliance. His research has been published in Governance, Journal of Public Policy, Law and Policy, Political Research Quarterly, Political Psychology, Publius: the Journal of Federalism, Regulation and Governance, State Politics and Policy Quarterly and Review of Policy Research.

Dr Sherrill Stroschein

Dr. Stroschein is a Reader in Politics at the Department of Political Science and her research examines the politics of ethnicity in democratic and democratising states, especially democratic processes in states with mixed ethnic or religious populations. She has published articles in Perspectives on Politics, Party Politics, Nations and Nationalism, Political Science Quarterly, Europe-Asia Studies, and Ethnopolitics, as well as other journals. Her current project funded by the ISRF, on local politics in ethnic enclaves.

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- Participation is free but we kindly ask that you register using the link provided.

- Chat will be disabled for attendees, but if you have a question for the panel, please submit it into the Q&A feature of the webinar.

- In the second half of the event, we will select as many questions as possible within the time. You will be given the option to unmute yourself to ask the question.

- Attendees will not be able to turn their camera on.

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- This webinar will be recorded and made available on our website, Vimeo, and SoundCloud page.

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