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《Journal of International Relations》 2016-06
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An Analysis of the “Trump Phenomenon”

Tao Wenzhao;the Institute of American Studies,of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences;  
The Republican candidate Donald Trump won the US election in the face of adversity. He relied on populism and a deep division in the American society.Populism is rooted in widespread discontent and anger. The distribution is extremely uneven,the gap between rich and poor is widening,the middle class is shrinking,and the poor population is increasing,leading to a serious dissatisfaction with the status quo among the white,blue-collar voters. The divisions of the American society include the opposition between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party,the opposition between the elite and the grassroots,the antagonism between ethnic groups,and the division within the two parties. The most important opposition among them is the one between the elite and the grassroots. The grassroots do not trust the elite to the extreme,they have a strong mentality for change,and they want to see an "outsider of the Washington political circle"to be the President. Trump,who won the election,faces the challenge of quelling populism and bridging social divisions.
【Key Words】: US presidential election populism the Divided States of America deglobalization
【CateGory Index】: D771.2
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