Event Date: 14 September 2016
Birkbeck School of Arts
Birkbeck University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD
The 2016 US Presidential Election: Can Trump Win?
Professor Rob Singh looks at the state of the US election and the prospects for a Trump victory in November.
The 2016 US presidential election has already proven one of the most unpredictable and volatile in decades. The Republican Party nomination has been captured by a populist, nativist and authoritarian property developer and TV star, Donald J. Trump. After a powerful insurgent campaign by the self-proclaimed democratic socialist, Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party has nominated the first woman ever to head a major party ticket, Hillary Clinton. Although conventional wisdom and prevailing models of American elections suggest the White House is Clinton’s to lose, the two nominees represent the most unpopular since polling records began. Moreover, polls are tightening in key battleground states, suggesting that a Trump presidency is a real possibility. The potential consequences for America, and the wider world, of the outcome of the 2016 vote promise to be momentous.
In this lecture and Q & A, Professor Rob Singh examines the prospects for a Trump victory in November, the key factors determining the election, and the six paths by which Trump could reach the White House. This is an evening to answer everything you wanted to know about current American politics but were too afraid to ask.
Rob Singh is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck. His new book, ‘After Obama: Renewing American Leadership, Restoring Global Order‘ was published by Cambridge University Press in May.