Was Donald Trump Elected Because He Is Laughable? Reflections on Trump and Sovereignty

Public Seminar (2016)
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The article shows that Donald Trump used three distinct but mutually supportive strategies to ascent to power in the 2016 elections. It argues that sovereignty in general uses these three strategies to justify its power. But it is only one of them, the one linked to a biopolitical conception of sovereignty, that allows for lack of authority. Trump used this strategy to great effect in 2016, but the article argues that it will be hard to pursue the same strategy from the Oval Office.

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Dimitris Vardoulakis
University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury


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