The November 2016 presidential election is an important event for understanding both the present and future directions of American government and politics.
In this workshop, we will examine the many unique characteristics of U.S. political institutions, the role of the presidency in the political system, and the structure of American election campaigns.
The workshop will be taking place at the end of the primary cycle that began in Iowa and New Hampshire, but before the conventions that will formally nominate the candidates of the two main parties, providing a unique window on the process leading up to the election. We will examine the issues and dynamics of the 2016 campaign as it is unfolding, considering examples from past elections as well as the particular social, political and economic context in which it is occurring.
The workshop will also consider the implications of alternative electoral outcomes for the direction of US public policy over the next four years and the potential significance of political changes in the United States for Canada and in world affairs.