Presentation Title

Critical Election Theory and the 2016 Presidential Election

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

Critical Election Theory, Presidential Elections, realignment

Biography

I am a senior political science major at Marshall University. After graduation, I am continuing my education and attending the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Major

Political Science

Advisor for this project

Dr. Jamie Warner

Start Date

21-4-2017 1:30 PM

End Date

21-4-2017 2:45 PM

Abstract

In 1995, V.O. Key wrote "A Theory of Critical Elections", which sorted American presidential elections into two categories, including a few that are considered 'critical elections', and many others that are not. Scholars have now debated this idea of critical elections for over half a century. In this paper I will use the Theory of Critical Elections to examine the 2016 presidential election. More specifically, I will argue that the 2016 election, which resulted in Donald Trump becoming the President of the United States, was a critical election that will have a big impact on the future of our country.

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Critical Election Theory and the 2016 Presidential Election

In 1995, V.O. Key wrote "A Theory of Critical Elections", which sorted American presidential elections into two categories, including a few that are considered 'critical elections', and many others that are not. Scholars have now debated this idea of critical elections for over half a century. In this paper I will use the Theory of Critical Elections to examine the 2016 presidential election. More specifically, I will argue that the 2016 election, which resulted in Donald Trump becoming the President of the United States, was a critical election that will have a big impact on the future of our country.