Why Trump Won - And What's Next
Date Written: 10/11/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20145
The election of Donald Trump in 2016 shows that American voters wanted 'anything but the above' Obama policies of the previous eight years, policies which were just extensions of the neoliberal regime established in the 1980s in the US since Reagan. However, US Neoliberal policy may not change fundamentally in a Trump regime; just its appearance.
By not fundamentally breaking from this destructive economic and political legacy -- the legacy of Obama and neoliberalism itself since 1980 -- Clinton all but ensured her fate and abandoned the field to Trump on the real issues. Trump didn't even have to offer specifics of what he'd do different; just the impression that he somehow would reverse the policies quickly and in some way.
Watch whether the US political and economic elites in the immediate weeks again can successfully maneuver Trump into appointing their kind to the key policy implementation roles in a Trump administration -- as they did with Obama and other neoliberal presidents before. My guess is that they will, for the real power in US politics lies with the elites behind the political parties and their formal political institutions.