No Jargon Post-Election Series

Theda Skocpol, Harvard University, Katherine Cramer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Christopher S. Parker, University of Washington

After the 2016 General Election, three SSN scholars make sense of the what, why, and how of the election outcome, analyzing voter systems and behaviors and discussing what all of this might mean for the future. 

Professors Skocpol, Cramer, and Parker offer insights into why Trump was elected, and where his administration will go from here. Resentment and the reactionary politics of American voters played a major role in outcomes in battleground states. Rural voters were critical in the election of Trump, but his main supporters are reactionaries fueled by racial resentments, and not just those facing economic anxieties. Our scholars illuminate the sentiments of the Tea Party within the Trump-voting base, and also chart a future path for the Democrats. 


Episode 57: Election Autopsy
Theda Skocpol, Harvard University

Theda Skocpol, Director of the Scholars Strategy Network, explains what to expect from a Trump presidency. She analyzes the factors that swayed voters, and offers insight on what the Democrats need to do moving forward. Her article in the Bangor Daily News that predicted the possibility of this election outcome, and her SSN brief, “Making Sense of the Koch Network” clarify the points of the recent election.

Episode 58: Politics of Resentment
Katherine Cramer, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kathy Cramer shares lessons from her conversations with rural communities in Wisconsin. Rural voters often feel forgotten, misunderstood, and disrespected, which directly affects their sense of politics and whom they elect to office. Her pieces in the New York Times and the Washington Post illustrate the points from her book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker.

Episode 59: Race and Reaction
Christopher S. Parker, University of Washington

Chris Parker details why, given America’s racial history, the election of Donald Trump is not a surprise. Reactionary parties have always appealed to voters beyond just the rural, working class, and Trump supporters are no exception. His article in The Conversation offers more insight into the present reactionary phenomena. 

December 2016