Episode 9: Covid, BLM, the Supreme Court and other key issues in the US election

27 September 2020

Elections are, by their very nature, divisive and confrontational. However, the forthcoming US presidential election, due to take place on 3 November, is shaping up to be one of the toughest, angriest, and most hard-fought of recent years. 

This is the first in a series of three podcasts looking at three key areas of the campaign. 

  • Episode 9: looks at the underlying issues which will inform the election, including coronavirus and civil unrest, as well as some more surprising concerns that voters have. 
  • Episode 10: looks at the history that has shaped the current system, including the electoral college and issues of faith. 
  • Episode 11: looks at the differing strategies that may be used by both parties.

To discuss these we have gathered three EARC experts to help us to understand the broader context.

  • Emma Long is a Senior Lecturer in American Studies in the School of Art, Media and American Studies at UEA. Emma’s research focuses on the history of the US Constitution and the Supreme Court. She also has an interest in the interaction of religion and politics in American history, particularly issues related to the idea of the “separation of church and state” that emerge from the First Amendment.
  • Royce Carroll is a Professor in the School of Government at the University of Essex. His research focuses on democratic institutions and the role of representation in the policy-making process in the United States, Europe and elsewhere, particularly in the areas of legislative politics, political parties and quantitative methodology in the measurement of ideology.
  • Rubrick Biegon is a Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent. His research interests are concentrated in the areas of US foreign policy, inter-American relations, and international political economy. He is interested in debates over power in international politics and the global economy.

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