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The Election Issue

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W ith the finish line in sight for the presidential campaign of 2016, we decided to devote our pages to essays that examine and challenge the way we think about politics, democracy, and the American electorate. Why do voters make the choices that they do? How could political scientists have failed to foresee this year’s tectonic political shifts? And what aftershocks can we expect in the wake of Donald Trump? We tackle these and other questions in this special issue of The Chronicle Review.

  • The Review

    Truth After Trump

    Sinister forces have shaped the lies and memes of the alt-right.
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    How Political Science Gets Politics Wrong

    The field failed to foresee 2016’s electoral chaos.
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    Ballot Pox

    It’s time to stop pretending that there’s such a thing as a rational voter.
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    The Enigma Next Door

    We have obligations as citizens. What are our obligations as neighbors?
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    Our ‘Prophet of Deceit’

    Studies by WWII-era social scientists provide a starting point for explaining Trump’s appeal.
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    The Carnival Campaign

    How an absurdist ’60s fable augured our made-for-TV electoral dystopia.
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    Teaching Trump

    Navigating class discussions during a chaotic election season.