U.S. and Us

I think tank americani alla prova dell’antipolitica

Anche il sistema dei think tank americani è stato messo alla prova dal ciclone Donald Trump e dal populismo di sinistra di Bernie Sanders: i classici “pensatoi” , come è noto, sono in odore di “establishment”...

Think tanks and the tank battles in the US political ground war

The development of a wide network of think tanks in the US is widely credited with the resurgence of a Republican Party left for dead after the debacle of 1964, in which Barry Goldwater, running against President Lyndon Baines Johnson, suffered the worst popular-vote defeat in US presidential history.  Only 16 years later, Ronald Reagan, running on essentially the same platform as Goldwate...

Trump versus Clinton: the oddest march to the White House

A particularly low point in French politics was reached in 2002 when the electorate was left to choose its president from the louche, conniving, incumbent Jacques Chirac, and the beyond-the-pale Jean-Marie Le Pen. The French people, without any joy but mindful that the credibility of the Fifth Republic was on the line, opted for the former...

The primary season: end of the beginning

With the recent voting in the Northeastern states, we have finally reached, if not the beginning of the end, at least the end of the beginning. It’s been clear for a while that, despite a stronger-than-expected challenge from socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee...

Le primarie che fotografano l’America 2016

Le primarie 2016 stanno restituendo voce ad alcune fasce di elettorato normalmente non cruciali per la selezione dei candidati alla presidenza americana. O meglio, alla popolazione di Stati diversi da quelli che negli ultimi decenni hanno deciso di fatto i duellanti per la Casa Bianca.  Sono primarie più lunghe di quanto ci potessimo aspettare, soprattutto nel campo democratico...

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...

The healthcare debate as mirror of a dispiriting presidential campaign

Despite the Republicans’ six-year obsession with repealing Obamacare, the healthcare issue has played a relatively minor role in this year’s presidential campaign...

Il (poco) fattore religioso nelle primarie 2016

A primarie ormai avanzate, e con i principali contendenti già delineati, pare che la religione sia destinata a giocare un ruolo minore nella campagna elettorale per le presidenziali del 2016. Al contempo, si stanno verificando riallineamenti davvero notevoli tra gli americani che votano innanzitutto sulla base della propria fede...

Clinton and Trump: the frontrunners who still can’t unify their parties

Although they have been described as widely unpredictable and changeable, the 2016 US presidential primaries already seem set on their course only a month and a half since kicking off in Iowa. Yet, in one of this year’s many paradoxes, their final outcome is still uncertain, particularly on the Republican front...

Il dilemma dei conservatori americani di fronte al fenomeno Trump

Il Super Tuesday non ha segnato soltanto una vittoria importante nella corsa di Donald Trump verso la nomination repubblicana...