DOI: 10.5176/2251-3809_LRPP17.51

Authors: Bich Tran


Political settlements have drawn many studies in the past decades. Most studies focus on state-making, statebuilding and state-maintaining aspects of political settlements in developing, failing, warring, collapsed and often non-democratic states. This paper is an attempt to examine political settlements in the United States, a developed democratic state, to understand political settlements, how they are established, and maintained by the elites, and how the people’s perception of political settlements is influential in the 2016 Presidential Election. The paper is divided into two major sections. The first section begins with a comprehensive review of political settlements focusing the valuable findings and shortcomings of the literature of political settlement. The second major part examines particularly political settlements in the United States and their indications in the last Presidential election. The paper concludes that political settlements in the United States are inclusive and endurable in essence; yet, they fail to manifest that inclusiveness, which led to the rise of populism in the past years, and, as a result, assisted Donald Trump’s victory.

Keywords: component: 2016 Presidential Election; American politics; political settlements; Donald Trump


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