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United States in Transition. Populism and the Threat of Autocracy

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Veranstaltungsart Hauptseminar SWS 2.00
Veranstaltungsnummer 58043 Semester SS 2022
Sprache Englisch Studienjahr
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3300050 Vergleichende Regierungslehre: Area Studies
3380050 Weiterführende Fragen der Politikwissenschaft für Lehramt an Gymnasien
3380100 Weiterführende Fragen der Politikwissenschaft für Lehramt an Regionalen Schulen

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Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Wolfgang Muno


Studiengang/Abschluss/Prüfungsversion Semester Teilnahmeart
Politikwissenschaft, Bachelor (Erstfach, 2018) 5. - 6. Semester wahlobligatorisch
Sozialkunde, LA an Gymnasien (2012) 8. Semester wahlobligatorisch
Sozialkunde, LA an Gymnasien (2019) 8. Semester wahlobligatorisch
Sozialkunde, LA an Regionalen Schulen (2019) 8. Semester wahlobligatorisch

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Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät (WSF)



The United States has been undergoing a transition for over a decade, the result of accumulated changes in diverse structures, accelerated by the structural crisis marked by the economic crisis of 2007-2009. Consensuses and stability broke down, and so did the dominant core that articulated the precedent historical juncture. Unmet demands stemming from a diversity of social sectors and flows of change undermined the stability of the political establishment and fractured its legitimacy.

Such a transition made unviable the continuity of the old political alignment and opened room for “outsiders” and new forms of conducting political affairs. It is within this framework that we should address the rise of candidates, successful or not, like Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. The emergence (or reemergence) of radical groups from both sides of the spectrum is largely the logical outcome of the loss of credibility suffered by traditional figures and institutions. Phenomena like political polarization, populist political speech, and the attempt of impeaching a sitting president are then expressions of the current development of the political system.

I propose an interpretation of this process as the political realignment that is integral part of historical transitions. At the moment, the future political alignment remains in the making, and the legitimacy of representative democracy remains under question. Different outcomes are possible, and the articulation of a set of conservative forces poses a real threat of the configuration of some sort of autocratic regime. In this seminar, we will discuss these political developments in the USA in historical perspective.

Additionally, we will analyzed the relationship oft he US towards Cuba in a one-day workshop on Monday, June 20. Further information will be provided in class.

  • Charles S. Mack: When Political Parties Die. A Cross-National Analysis of Disalignment and Realignment
  • Nolan McCarty, Keith T. Poole y Howard Rosenthal: Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches
  • Johan Norberg: Financial Fiasco. How America’s Infatuation with Homeownership and Easy Money Created the Economic Crisis
  • Yanis Varoufakis: The Global Minotaur. America, the True Ori-gins of the Financial Crisis and the Future of the World Economy
  • Peter Temin: The Vanishing Middles Class.
  • Ernesto Dominguez Lopez and Seida Barrera Rodriguez: Estados Unidos en transición. Cambios, resistencias y realineamiento


Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester SS 2022 , Aktuelles Semester: Winter 2022/23