People of colour and poor, ethnic minorities are over-represented among those outside the official electoral system in the country which has postured itself as the champion of democracy. What is going on?
How To Win a Presidential Election
Paul Verhagen looks at present day structural aspects of the electoral system and their impacts on the ground which would seem to contradict the notion of equality. From voting behaviour to attempts to influence this, he considers the mechanics behind any vote. Why has voting by mail been made so controversial? From the electors, to district delineations, as well as gerrymandering, he looks at what we know about what is influencing the system tipping electoral outcomes. Drawing on his father’s approach to understanding disenfranchisement in the USA, this strategic data analyst with a fetish for American institutional powers history, dissects voter (im)mobilisation and its consequences.
About Paul Verhagen
Paul Verhagen is a data scientist at The Hague Center for Strategic Studies (HCSS). He holds a Master’s degree in Environment and Resource Management from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and undertook undergraduate studies at Amsterdam University College. Paul is a domain expert on US presidential politics and with this father, co-author of Het Amerikaanse Presidentschap, which looks at the institution of the American presidency. He is a frequent media commentator on US politics. In his current capacity at HCSS, one of his niche research topics is the intersection between data science/analytics and election strategy. He focuses on bridging the qualitative-quantitative divide between data scientists and policy makers.
About lecture series We The People Count
How can it be that in the country which has postured itself as the champion of democracy throughout the 20th century, people of colour and poor, ethnic minorities are over-represented among those outside the official electoral system? That the road to political victory seems to be less about persuasive ideas and more about strategies around (im)mobilising demographic cohorts, suggests that the system is under pressure. America experts, Frans and Paul Verhagen, join us to explore the institutionalised systems underpinning American elections through the lenses of race, ethnicity and class history in shifting power dynamics.