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The 2016 election is seeing the return of the ‘paranoid style’ in American politics

Pruessen, Ron (2016) The 2016 election is seeing the return of the ‘paranoid style’ in American politics. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (25 Feb 2016). Website.

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The 2016 primary season has seen Donald Trump gain traction with Republican voters through nativist rhetoric. While many see Trump’s extremist campaigning as a new low in American political discourse, Ron Pruessen, using the work of Richard Hofstadter, reminds us that such apocalyptic visions from politicians are really nothing new. He argues that crises over the decades such as World War II and 9/11 and the War in Iraq feed into the ‘theatre’ of paranoia, producing anxiety among voters which opportunist politicians are then able to feed on.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science © CC BY-NC 3.0
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 12:52
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 08:18

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