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Title: トランピズムは「原因」だったのか、 それとも「結果」なのか : ジャーナリストとして見た新型コロナ時代の米民主主義の変容
Other Titles: Is Trumpism a "Cause" or a "Result"? : The Transformation of American Democracy in the Covid-19 Pandemic from the Perspective of former Washington Correspondent
Authors: 沢村, 亙
Sawamura, Wataru
Issue Date: Dec-2021
Publisher: 成蹊大学アジア太平洋研究センター
Abstract: The United States suffers political and social polarization at its worst since the Civil War. Is Trump the "result" or the "cause" that accelerated this malaise? As a former Washington correspondent who covered the Trump administration last four years, I tried exploring answers for this American self-questioning. Trump-style governance, so-called Trumpism, has been characterized with its unique communication style to inspire anti-elite ressentiment among American public especially for white male middle-class who feel themselves less and less belongings to mainstream in their country. This communication sometimes takes the form of “dog whistle” aiming at Trump’s core supporters or at other times takes the form of sense of complicity sharing misinformation intentionally. The anti-elite undercurrent and the partisan confrontation which accelerates political polarization have been fostered in the US even since before the rise of Trump. In this respect the Trumpism can be called the “result”. On the other hand, it is also pointed out that Trump would be the “cause” which overturned the hierarchical order of policymakers, bureaucrats, experts and major media institutions playing himself destroying the existing order. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic played a major role in amplifying its effects. This reminds us of importance of further exploration to find out how infectious disease has caused significant impact on the state of democracy.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10928/1460
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