Parties, Politics, Polarization - Lessons from the US Midterm Elections 2022

16.11.2022, 18:00-20:00 Uhr | Festsaal der Universität Bonn

In recent years, we have witnessed a profound realignment of American politics, which has been marked by changes in the ideologies of the two major parties, the issues dominating the public debate, voter structures, and electoral tactics. The concomitant political polarization reached a (first?) peak when angry protestors, believing the 2020 Presidential Elections to have been "stolen," stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, to prevent the formal recognition of Joseph Biden’s victory. The heat of American politics has hardly cooled off since, the energy crisis and inflation further unsettling American voters this year. In this situation, elections to both the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate seats will take place on November 8, 2022. Moreover, several important gubernatorial elections will be held at the same time. 
Sharing first-hand political experience and inside knowledge, former Representatives Ben McAdams (D-UT) and Martha Roby (R-AL) will discuss the US midterm elections with the audience. How can the election results be interpreted, and what do they mean for the remainder of Biden’s term and the next presidential election in two years?
Please join us to discuss these and other questions in an open panel on November 16, 2022, in which we will shed critical light on the election results and reflect on the current state of American democracy.



Im Gespräch:

Martha Roby
US-Abgeordnete für den zweiten Kongressbezirk von Alabama von 2011 bis 2021 (Republikanerin)

Ben McAdams
Mitglied des US-Repräsentantenhauses, vertrat den 4. Kongressbezirk von Utah von 2019 bis 2021 (Demokrat) 


PD Dr. Jasper Trautsch
Privatdozent, Universität Bonn

Weitere Informationen

Gemeinsame Veranstaltung mit dem AmerikaHaus NRW e.V., dem Nordamerikastudienprogramm der Universität Bonn, der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Kooperation mit der US Association of Former Members of Congress. 

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