To govern, Macron will need more than a victory on Sunday

On Sunday, French voters will decide who will be their next president in the second – and final – round of a critical election. The two candidates – both fringe in French politics – are pro-business, centrist Emmanuel Macron and anti-immigrant, far-right Marine Le Pen. Cornell University experts comment on this race and how the […]

Dutch election not bellwether for populist rise in Europe

Preliminary exit poll results in the Netherlands suggest that Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam Party for Freedom performed below expectations gaining only 19 of the 150 seats in the Dutch parliament. Mabel Berezin, professor of sociology at Cornell University and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in a New Europe” and “Europe […]

Fear of Trump’s authoritarianism ‘overblown’

Andrew Little, professor of government at Cornell University and expert on authoritarian regimes, says Trump’s authoritarian rhetoric – such as his recent Tweet suggesting he would revoke citizenship for flag burning – doesn’t translate into an imminent threat to American democracy. Bio: http://government.cornell.edu/andrew-thomas-little   Little says: “Although some of Donald Trump’s rhetoric sounds familiar to those […]

Trump, Le Pen: same base, different politics

Mabel Berezin is professor of sociology at Cornell University and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in a New Europe” and “Europe Without Borders.” Berezin says that while voters are choosing populist candidates on both sides of the Atlantic, neo-nationalists in Europe are very different than Trump. Biography: http://www.soc.cornell.edu/people/faculty/berezin/ Berezin says: “Forces […]

Cornell professors comment on Trump’s presidency

  Working-class Trump supporters need better jobs, unions’ help Ileen Devault, professor of labor History at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations who studies the history of the working class in America and author of “Sons and Daughters of Labor,” explains why a key to unifying the nation must involve elevating workers into a […]

Judges should be appointed, not elected

Claire Lim, a professor of political economy at Cornell University who looks at how political environments and the design of government institutions interact with the behavior of public officials, explains why having voters choose judicial candidates based along their party line, without considering the candidates’ quality, is an outdated system. Bio: https://lim.economics.cornell.edu/ Lim says: “Elections are […]

Q&A: How Twitter is giving us a peek inside your mind this election

Media Note: You can find a short video with Drew Margolin presenting his work at this link, and on YouTube. ITHACA, N.Y. – Just like television shaped the Nixon-Kennedy race, the social media platform shows that new media matters in politics. Communication professor Drew Margolin studies human dynamics through social media. He has been tracking people’s […]

Philippine front-runners threaten an already imperfect democracy

Tom Pepinsky, a Southeast Asia expert and associate professor of government at Cornell University, is available for comments on the upcoming elections in the Philippines. If front-running president and vice president candidates – Rodrigo Duterte and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. – are elected, Pepinsky says it may pose a true threat to an already imperfect democracy. […]

Museveni’s win in Uganda spells trouble ahead

People in Uganda went to the ballots this week amidst reports of fraud, media censorship and government intimidation. President Yoweri Museveni has been in office since 1986, and is expected to be re-elected – an outcome that many observers fear could lead to instability.   Government professor Nicolas van de Walle researches the political economy of […]