2016 US Presidential Election: Trinity Experts Give Their Views and Predictions
Posted on 29 September 2016
America goes to the polls on 8th November to decide on their 45th President, regardless of who wins, the result will be an historic one, with global implications. Unlike previous elections, both leading candidates, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, are openly hostile to free trade. Given most Americans benefit in some way from trade, what underlies this hostility? How will the outcome of the upcoming election impact domestic and international efforts to curb the threat of global climate change? And could a "moral collapse" explain Trump's successful capture of the Republican Party's presidential nomination?
These questions, along with issues of race, class, and gender, were explored at a public lecture hosted by the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, in association with Trinity Research in the Social Sciences (TRiSS) on Thursday 29 September.
Trinity economists, political scientists and sociologists spoke on a range of topics to a packed lecture theatre. The following academics from the School of Social Sciences participated in the lecture:
- Dr Paul Scanlon, Department of Economics on "Economic Trends and the Rise of Trump"
- Dr Constantine Boussalis, Department of Political Science on "Implications of the 2016 US Election on Climate Change Policy"
- Dr Peter Stone, Department of Political Science on "Moral Collapse in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election"
- Dr Laura Graham, Department of Sociology on "Whose vote counts? Race, class, and gender in the 2016 US Presidential Election"