American Politics: The Republican Party’s Way Forward
The Republican Party has a complicated relationship with former President Donald Trump, who has been instrumental in securing voter support in recent years, but who has also split the party internally. During the 2000s, the party has been torn between different factions, among them the Tea Party movement and the Lincoln Project, and possibly internal division following the second impeachment of President Trump.
In 2020, the Party did not draft an electoral platform at all, but instead issued a statement of support for the President, leaving the ideological platform a blank slate, or up for future negotiations.
What does the Republican Party make of the recent tumultuous political events in the US, can the Party unite, and where is it heading next?
Colin Dueck, Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, and a non-resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His current research focus is on the relationship between party politics, presidential leadership, American conservatism, and U.S. foreign policy strategies
Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University. Skocpol's career has covered both comparative politics and American politics. Her recent research has primarily focused on health care reform, public policy, and civic engagement amidst the shifting inequalities in American democracy
The webinar was moderated by Ylva Pettersson, Programme Manager at UI.