The state of American democracy

Experts assess the health of constitutional democracy of the US one year after President Joe Biden’s election.

Members event, Panel Recording
12 January 2022 — 5:00PM TO 6:00PM
Online

The state of American democracy

— Experts assess the health of constitutional democracy of the US one year after President Joe Biden’s election.

One year after one of the most controversial American elections in history, US president Joe Biden’s victory has signalled a definitive turn away from the Donald Trump era.

However, the aftermath of the election and claims of voter fraud have called into question the state of US democracy and how strong support in democratic institutions remains in the US.

While not a new feature of US domestic politics, polarization between parties has increased significantly and does not appear to be on a downwards trend ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.  

Experts look back over the past year and cover key questions including:

  • Has the Trump electoral playbook provided inspiration for future contested elections?

  • How will Joe Biden work towards enacting his own agenda while also seeking to win over more moderate voters?

  • How has faith in US democratic institutions changed in recent years?

  • What is the future direction of the Republican party, especially ahead of the 2022 midterm elections?

  • How have global perceptions of US democracy changed in the past year and what impact has the Biden administration had on America’s global image?

This event is part of Chatham House’s ongoing work on democracy that delivers.

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