Fabrizio Tonello

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Fabrizio Tonello

Fabrizio Tonello is Professor of Political Science at the University of Padua. He has held various teaching and research roles in the United States (University of Pittsburgh, Columbia University) and Italy (International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, University of Bologna). His latest book, La Costituzione degli Stati Uniti (Bruno Mondadori 2011) is a critical edition of the US Constitution - a volume which includes the text in Italian and in English, a vast apparatus of notes and a long introduction.

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The meaning and limits of an impeachment procedure

To make a long story short: does Donald Trump deserve to be removed from the office of president of the United States? Yes, probably. Can he be removed through impeachment proceedings? Yes, technically. Will he be impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate? No, most probably...

The fireworks of the early Trump presidency

Boy, what a show! Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office easily dwarfed P.T. Barnum’s XIX-Century “Greatest Show on Earth” and there is no doubt that it is the President of the United States who can now claim the mantle of “Shakespeare of Advertising” given to the entertainment entrepreneur 150 years ago...

Trump’s approach to American jobs

Will Donald Trump “bring back” jobs to the United States? From the answer to this question depends the success or failure of his presidency. Immigration, environment, foreign policy: all the rest matters little compared to this issue: jobs, jobs, jobs...

The harsh reality facing post-Obama Democrats

To put things into perspective, it was only seven years ago when the Democratic Party controlled the Presidency (Barack Obama), the Senate (60 seats out of 100), the House (257 seats out of 435) and had a decent record of victories in the Supreme Court (four, often five, votes out of nine)...

Envisaging Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office

In October, the Trump campaign made public a document called “Donald J...

The battle for an unruly Congress

Hillary Clinton now has only a tiny lead in the polls over Donald Trump, but she can still profit from a favorable electoral college map, notably because of her competitiveness in swing states like Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida (Trump should win in all of them to be elected)...

Between doomsday and normalcy: the Trump meteor

So far, the year 2016 has been an annus horribilis for the Republican party, target of a hostile takeover by a media-savvy billionaire. At the Cleveland convention Donald Trump is celebrating his victory in this internal battle, in many ways the first of its kind in the entire political history of the United States...

America’s line of color: racial diversity in the 2016 elections

Italian soccer and American elections have this wonderful thing in common: anything can happen. In March, rookie team Sassuolo beat 18-time Italian champion Milan in the “Serie A” tournament; and in November many political upsets will indeed happen in local and national races from Alaska to Puerto Rico, albeit not as frequently as the media would like...

I due Partiti americani e le lezioni del passato

Il percorso verso le Convention che eleggeranno i candidati alla presidenza è ancora lungo: si è votato in appena 14 stati su 50 e, se la situazione in campo democratico sembra favorevole a Hillary Clinton, nel campo repubblicano regna invece il caos...

Donald Trump, the not-so-new candidate of fear

“Something bad is happening,” Donald J. Trump recently said to voters in New Hampshire, “Something really dangerous is going on.” He was ominously referring to Muslims and mosques. With the primary season now beginning, we are about to learn whether Trump can get the votes. In any case, there is no doubt about the role he has chosen for himself: he is the candidate of fear...