Election explainer videos

Explanation and Commentary 

Watch our explainer videos covering the role of race and populism in the 2020 US elections, and how the US government works.

The US is a fundamentally unequal society. The promise of justice and liberty for all has not been fulfilled.

Melanie R. Brown, Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at the LSE International Inequalities Institute

The Constitution of the United States is the most significant document there is.

Dr Thomas Gift, UCL, US Centre Visiting Fellow

If you look at the kinds of problems the US is facing during the pandemic...while that is the case... there is always going to be room for populism in America.

Dr David Smith, University of Sydney, Former US Centre Visiting Fellow

Race in US elections with Melanie Brown, Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at the LSE International Inequalities Institute.

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Melanie R. Brown, Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at the LSE International Inequalities Institute, provides explanation of commentary on some of the key questions about race in America: its history, how it affects society today, and what needs to change. Credit: James Rattee

How the US government works with Dr Thomas Gift, UCL, US Centre Visiting Fellow.

Government Government
Dr Thomas Gift, Visiting Fellow at the LSE United States Centre, provides explanation and commentary on some the key questions about government in America: what are the separate branches of government, their responsibilities, and how do they work (and not work) together? Credit: James Rattee

Populism in the US with Dr David Smith, University of Sydney, Former US Centre Visiting Fellow.

Populism Populism
Former LSE United States Centre Visiting Fellow Dr David Smith answers some of the key questions about populism: how to define it, where it originated, and how it affects US politics. Credit: James Rattee


2016 Video explainers 

In 2016, the US Centre produced a series of explainer videos ahead of the US presidential election. 

2016 Video Explainers

  • The Nomination Process
    Derek Valles of the LSE Government Department discusses how the American political primary and presidential nomination systems work, and their history.

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  • The Two-Party System
    Dr Nick Anstead of the LSE Department of Media and Communications discusses the history, evolution and the potential future of the two party system in American politics.

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  • Voter Eligibility
    Dr Daniel Laurison of LSE Sociology looks at the history of voter eligibility in America and recent trends and changes to voting laws and voting rights.

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  • Lobbying 
    Dr Jordi Blanes i Vidal of the LSE Department of Management discusses what lobbying is and how it works in Washington DC, including the ‘revolving door’ between lobbyists and public sector workers.

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  • Trade Policy
    Dr Julia Gray of LSE’s International Relations Department discusses what trade deals are, their recent history, and who benefits and who loses from them in the economy. 

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  • Criminal Justice 
    Professor Nicola Lacey looks at the fragmented nature of the US criminal justice system and how judicial elections and ‘appeals to toughness’ have influenced the incarceration rate at the state level.

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  • The Transition of Power
    Dr Derek Valles from the US Centre looks at power transitions between presidents of the United States. He also considers the challenges facing the president-elect in the coming months.

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