Inaugural Lecture by the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies

Festsal, Swedish School of Social Science

Festsal, 1st floor of the Swedish School of Social Science
Snellmaninkatu 12.

The Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies Scott Buchanan will give his Inaugural Lecture on Tuesday, 8 October 2019, at 16:15.

The topic of Professor Buchanan's lecture will be "From Truman to Trump: How Americans Generally Don't Like Establishment Candidates".

American voters are inconsistent in their expectations about government leaders, and they often expect too much of the U.S. presidency. Voters will regularly choose candidates from outside the political establishment and then expect them to operate within the bureaucratic framework of Washington, D.C. Yet, this is not a new feature of American politics.

An examination of presidential elections reveals that more often than not, candidates from outside of the party establishments win presidential elections. From “Truman to Trump” examines the electoral outcomes of presidential elections in the post-World War II era and considers the implications for the 2020 election.

Scott Buchanan works as Fulbright Bicentennial Professor of American Studies for the academic year of 2019-20 at the University of Helsinki. He is professor of political science at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. He has published a number of books and journal articles focusing on American politics. Scott Buchanan’s primary research interests are in the politics of the American South. He is frequently interviewed by American media outlets.