President Barack Obama delivered his farewell address Tuesday night, which served as a hopeful goodbye and a call to action, urging Americans to bring about positive change and stand up to threats that challenge democracy. We spoke with political experts William Crotty and Nick Beauchamp for their reactions.
In the second installment of our two-part series looking at some of the big stories primed to make headlines in the new year, Northeastern experts explain that Donald Trump will put “America first,” athlete-led social activism will heat up, and franchise reboots will take over your TV.
All 538 members of the Electoral College will gather in their respective state capitols on Monday to formally cast their votes in the presidential election. But there’s little reason to believe that anyone other than Donald Trump will be voted in as the country’s next commander-in-chief, say elections expert William Crotty and law and public policy specialist Dan Urman.
Wisconsin’s presidential recount is almost done, but legal challenges have halted the proceedings in Michigan and Pennsylvania. We asked Bill Crotty, an expert on American elections, to explain what the recounts involve, why Trump supporters are working to block these efforts, and how the recount results might influence future voting policies.
Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary and controversial global figure who defied the U.S. for decades, died Friday. “Castro is one of the towering figures of the Modern Era,” said professor José Buscaglia, a pioneer in study abroad programs by American institutions to Cuba. Here, Buscaglia and political science expert William Crotty reflect on Castro’s life and legacy.
Donald Trump won the presidential election but narrowly lost the popular vote, prompting some to question whether the Electoral College is good for democracy. William Crotty, professor emeritus of political science, calls the Electoral College a “terrible system that has no place in an age where democracy is ascendant.”
After a contentious and polarizing presidential race, Republican Donald J. Trump surged to victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Here, two political science professors discuss the significance and implications of the historic outcome.
The 2016 presidential election has introduced many firsts for American politics, but it isn’t without precedent, says Bill Crotty, professor emeritus and an expert on presidential politics. “This is not the worst of times,” he explains, “but it is a low point in a country with a history of political low points.” Here he talks about the “civil war” within the Republican Party and the problems for Democrats that “are just beginning to surface.”
After weeks of intense public speculation, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton introduced their vice presidential candidates. That got us wondering how presidential hopefuls select their running mates and whether those selections typically impact elections. Here, Bill Crotty, professor emeritus and an expert on presidential politics, examines those questions.
The release of nearly 20,000 Democratic National Committee emails by Wikileaks on Friday created havoc within the party and forced the resignation of DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Rumors of Russia’s alleged involvement in the data breech added further intrigue to the story. We asked three Northeastern experts to weigh in on how the data dump will impact the election, the voting process, and the cybersecurity of political parties.
With the Republican National Convention set to begin on Monday in Cleveland, Ohio, we spoke with Northeastern professor William Crotty about what actually happens at political conventions and the evolving role these conventions have played in presidential elections.
Northeastern on Thursday hosted its fourth annual conference on presidential elections and politics.
A day after the nation went to the polls, we’re talking to Northeastern faculty members about President Barack Obama’s electoral win over Republican Mitt Romney, despite an extremely close popular vote count. Check in throughout the day to see what experts from across the university are saying about what the results mean for the nation and the world.
As the nation heads to the polls, here is a roundup of our presidential election coverage and where to watch the election results on campus.
Experts in political analysis, public speaking and presidential debates weigh in on Thursday’s debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.
Political science professors William Mayer and William Crotty examine the importance of political conventions and whether party platforms matter to voters and candidates.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney selected Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate on Saturday, ending months of speculation over who the former Massachusetts governor would choose. We […]
Political science professor Bill Crotty weighs in on the presidential race between Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.
Ten states held primaries or caucuses on Super Tuesday, one of the biggest days of this year’s election season. We asked William Crotty, the Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life and professor of political science, to weigh in on the latest election results.
As the Republican presidential contenders engaged in a full-court press of campaigning ahead of today’s New Hampshire primary, a group of 17 political science students and three professors were in the Granite State on Sunday to experience it first-hand. We talked to senior Nick Beek, the former president of the university’s Political Science Student Association and current president of the Northeastern University College Democrats, to discuss what he observed.
On Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucuses by a grand total of eight votes over Rick Santorum, whose surging candidacy overshadowed the former Massachusetts governor’s slim victory. We asked political science professor William Crotty, who specializes in American political parties and elections, to analyze the implications of the opening round of the GOP race for the White House.
Scholars met last week to discuss the state of the 2012 presidential campaign, which is already in full swing with the first GOP primaries only two months away.
A daylong conference at Northeastern University on Thursday will explore the fascinating subplots of the political landscape now that the 2012 elections are less than a year away. The event was organized by Northeastern University political science professor William Crotty, the Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life. To preview the conference, we asked Crotty to examine how President Barack Obama has fared in his first term in dealing with resistance from the Republican Party.
Addressing both houses of Congress on Thursday night, President Obama introduced the “American Jobs Act,” a plan to help stimulate the troubled U.S. economy and encourage job creation. Obama urged Congress to act quickly to pass the bill and made an effort to include programs that have been supported by both parties. We asked William Crotty, the Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life and professor of political science, to provide his perspective on the jobs plan and what role politics might play in its success or failure.
Republican hopefuls faced off at Monday’s GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire, after which most pundits voted front-runner Mitt Romney best in show. William Crotty, the Thomas P O’Neill professor of political science at Northeastern and expert in presidential elections, explains Republicans‘ primary campaign issues, the tactics used by presidential candidates to stand out in a debate and why Romney is leading the GOP field, for now.
A conference on the president’s first two years featured panelists from universities throughout New England
As the nation rebounds from economic disaster and faces political divide in Washington, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday night that put the economy front […]
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POLITY, Journal of the Northeastern Political Science Association, 2008.