Lynn Vavreck on the 2020 Election and the Challenge to American Democracy


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The people who win get to enact policy and they get to change the world we live in. But we're at this moment where the candidates who lose, if they think that they don't have to abide by election outcomes, that's very important and that affects the kind of world we live in.

Lynn Vavreck

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Order The Bitter End: The 2020 Presidential Campaign and the Challenge to American Democracy by Chris Tausanovitch, John Sides, and Lynn Vavreck

Lynn Vavreck is the Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics and Public Policy at UCLA. She’s a contributor for The Upshot at The New York Times. She recently coauthored (with John Sides and Chris Tausanovitch) The Bitter End: The 2020 Presidential Campaign and the Challenge to American Democracy.

Key Highlights

  • Introduction - 0:39
  • Lessons from 2016 - 3:05
  • Political Calcification - 14:31
  • Why Did the Democrats Nominate Joe Biden? - 18:51
  • Forecasting the 2020 Election - 25:52
  • Implications for American Democracy - 29:39

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