The Trump revolt

The Trump revolt

by Edward Ashbee


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This book considers the reasons for Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the 2016 presidential election. It charts the prolonged campaign and the realigning processes that took place, analysing the ideas that defined the Trump platform, the electoral shifts in states regarded as solid ‘firewalls’ for the Democratic Party and the responses of Republican Party elites.

Although he is subject to contradictory pressures, the book places Trump firmly within the right-wing populist tradition. However, it argues that the sentiments that drove his campaign were not only a response to economic fears, high levels of inequality and racial resentment – they were also shaped by the structural character of American governance, which fuels hostility towards Washington DC and the ‘political class’.

The book concludes by assessing the extent to which Trump’s victory and parallel developments in Europe mark a reconfiguration of neoliberalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526122988
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 09/30/2017
Series: Pocket Politics
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Edward Ashbee is Programme Director of International Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The populist tradition and the American state
3. 'Trumpism'
4. Voters
5. Sequences
6. Order, timing and chance
7. Afterword: Donald Trump, neoliberalism and political reconfiguration

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