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?
The Conversation Continues
Those who were only able to view the lectures in this series online due to live attendance limits, but missed the interaction with each other and our guest speakers, can take this opportunity to attend an extra conversation in person. Our guest speakers, Frans and Paul Verhagen, return to field your questions and engage with the audience on this topic.
About Frans Verhagen
Frans Verhagen (1954) holds degrees in Law and Sociology from Groningen University, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in New York and a PhD from Radboud University in Nijmegen. His professional career is in journalism, publishing and editorial writing. He has worked as a foreign correspondent in Washington DC and in later years ran his own quarterly magazine, called Amerika. Verhagen had studied the United States extensively and has written 19 books about American history and American Society. He writes on a regular base for op-ed pages of the major Dutch and Belgian newspapers and provides background analysis on Dutch radio and tv. In addition he has written a well-read blog on America since the mid-nineties.
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.