26 June 2012
In this interview, Centre guest Gary Segura discusses the importance of the Hispanic vote in the 2012 elections and how the increasingly anti-immigration reform Republican party can win them back. He begins by discussing his latest research which shows that racial and religious intolerance can often lead low-income earners to vote against their own economic interests.
26 June 2012
ABC TV Planet America
With institutional gridlock, abuse of the filibuster and hyper-partisanship plaguing US politics, it's not hard to see why Congressional approval levels are below 15%. Centre guest and associate professor in political science at the University of Colorado Scott Adler talks to John Barron about how this stalemate can be resolved, if at all.
20 June 2012
When the 2012 election is over, is it possible legislation passed under a President Romney wouldn't be too dissimilar from that passed by President Obama? Luke Freedman, who runs the Centre's Election Watch 2012 website, argues that the Senate's filibuster has prevented a president of either party from passing meaningful legislation — and, for that reason, it's got to go.
19 June 2012
ABC Radio National The World Today
The advantages of incumbency usually ensure a second term for US presidents but with the economy lagging and changes in campaign finance coming into effect, 2012 promises to be very different for Obama. Visiting Professor Simon Jackman discusses the new challenges both candidates will face on the campiagn trail.
15 June 2012
With the profile of Mormonism increasing in comtemporary America, election analysts are wondering how Mitt Romney's religion will affect his shot at the presidency. A new paper by Centre lecturer David Smith sheds some light on the issue; one of his findings is that anti-Mormon attitudes have increased among liberal and non-religious voters since 2008.
6 June 2012
Dismal jobs numbers in the US have caused massive losses on stock markets around the world and put new pressure on president Barack Obama to show he can turn the American economy around. Washington Post correspondent Mike Fletcher, in Australia as a guest of the US Studies Centre, explains how the numbers are being felt in the US electorate.
6 June 2012
ABC Classic FM Midday with Margaret Throsby
National economics correspondent for the Washington Post Mike Fletcher talks to Margaret Throsby about the feeling in America after years of lacklustre recovery following the global financial crisis. What has changed in his home town of Baltimore since he was a kid and has the American psyche been altered forever? Listen online
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