Wednesday, March 2, 2016
We are pleased to present our March issue of the LSE US Centre Newsletter

Please feel free to forward this newsletter on to any colleagues and friends who may be interested in the US Centre and our events and activities.

Centre Highlights

TONIGHT "The Evening After the Night Before: analysing Super Tuesday"

Tonight, our Super Tuesday panel event "The Evening After the Night Before: analysing Super Tuesday" will take place in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre at LSE. 

The panel, which includes journalists from The New York Times and the Financial Times, a researcher from the Adam Smith Institute and academics from the LSE, promises to provide a lively evening of discussion and debate. 

The event will be live streamed at 6:30 PM GMT here.
Connect with the event on Facebook.


Larry Jacobs discusses democracy in America and the upcoming elections

On February 24th Professor Larry Jacobs visited the LSE. 
He spoke to US Centre audiences at a brown bag on the “American Democratic Deficit” and later in a public lecture entitled “Who will be the next US President?” The US Centre thanks Professor Jacobs for sharing his wisdom with us.

Listen to the podcast of the lecture or take a look at our Storify
The US Centre on Social Media

The US Centre's presence on social media is growing!
The USAPP Facebook page just passed 500 ‘likes’, the US Centre Twitter page (@LSE_US) has almost 500 followers and our US Centre Facebook page almost has 200 'likes'.

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US Centre Voter Registration Drive

The US Centre is organizing an online voter registration drive to ensure that eligible US citizens in the LSE community are aware of their right to vote from abroad. 

We will be promoting the use of the Federal Voting Assistance Program website and we will be sending out information shortly. Send us an e-mail if you have any questions in the meantime. 
US Centre in the news   

US Centre Director Peter Trubowitz provided commentary on the US elections in media outlets such as CNN, Aljazeera English, and BBC World Service among others. 

Assistant Professorial Research Fellow Nick Kitchen has recently commented on US nuclear missile testing and security at Guantanamo Bay

News from US Centre People

Professor Peter Trubowitz recently spoke at American University in Washington DC on “The Political Determinants of American Strategy toward China” and at the UCL Department of Political Science on “The 2016 US Presidential Election: What to Expect”. 

Professor Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey was invited to present her work on deliberation in parliamentary committees at  “VisArgue- Analysis and Visualization of Political Negotiations” in Stuttgart.

Professor Lloyd Gruber recently published a book chapter called "Globalization and Domestic Politics:  A Call for Theoretical Reorientation" in Local Politics, Global Impacts: Steps to a Multidisciplinary Analysis of Scales. He was also invited to speak for a discussion for Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs, Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs on the Role of International Organisations as part of their Leadership Seminar Series.
Upcoming US Centre events 
Click here for more information on upcoming US Centre Events.
The Politics of Spatial Inequality in Metropolitan America

Date: 15 March 2016

In the United States, the study of inequality has long been closely linked to the social geography of the city. This lecture will examine how politics and policies played out across the American federal system create spatial inequalities but also present new opportunities for challenging them.  

Margaret Weir is Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs at Brown University.

More information and ticket details
The Rise of the Rural One Percent

Date: 17 March 2016

In rural America, recent high and volatile agricultural prices have seen the average commercial farm ascend into the top income percentile of the US households.

Joseph Baines is a Fellow in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics

The US Centre hosts brown bag lunchtime lectures from 12:30- 2PM. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch and hear the speaker's research which is followed by a Q&A.  

RSVP for this US Centre brown bag here
Most popular posts on the US Centre blog

The Centre's USAPP blog posts at least two articles every weekday, American politics blog round ups every Friday and Saturday, and academic book reviews on Sundays.

Donald Trump is attracting authoritarian primary voters, and it may help him to gain the nomination.

With the first primaries of the 2016 presidential election cycle looming, many in the Republican Party are becoming increasingly concerned that billionaire Donald Trump will actually be able to gain the party’s nomination, leading the party to an electoral disaster in November. Using a new national survey of American voters, Matthew C. MacWilliams finds that these fears are well-founded. Trump’s strongman rhetoric has activated and energized American authoritarians to his candidacy providing him with a large and loyal base of supporters in the upcoming Republican contests. 

The stakes are high in the looming fight to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court.

The death late last week of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has further complicated the 2016 presidential race and threatened to bring even more gridlock to Washington DC with Republican Senate leaders pledging not to confirm any nominee sent to them by President Obama to replace Scalia. Lauren Bell looks at the battle that Obama administration now faces in getting a nominee confirmed, but also argues that a protracted nomination fight might end up working against the Republican Party in an election year.

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The Electoral Cycle favors the GOP in 2016

Over nearly two centuries, American presidential elections have exhibited a distinct cycle. This is not the pattern associated with partisan realignments that may last 30 years or so; it is a shorter cycle that relates to party control of the White House. A cyclical model of presidential elections developed by Helmut Norpoth predicts that in 2016 it will be time for a change. After two terms of Democratic control of the White House under President Obama, the Republican Party is poised to return to the White House.  

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