Frida Stranne has a PhD in Peace and Development Studies and works as a senior lecturer at Halmstad University and is also a part of Uppsala University’s Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS). Stranne conducts research on international relations with a focus on American domestic and foreign politics. In more recent years Stranne has become known as one of Sweden’s leading analysts of American politics and she regularly writes articles in Swedish newspapers, participates in expert panels and holds public lectures.
SCISER’s board member Salvador Perez interviewed Frida Stranne on why and how Trump won the election, how the loss of faith in the American Dream affects the American society, and the potential consequences of Trump’s foreign policies.
Countries tend to clearly identify problems with other nations which they use to displace attention to their own problems. They attempt to give their citizens the idea that they have “clean hands,” i.e. that they are politically innocent. This innocence becomes part of a brand which the country uses to market itself. More importantly, the country’s brand is often tied up with some positive aspect of the country that they want to convey which is often the opposite of the country’s actual practices in other aspects.
The limits to established democracy and alienation from diverse forms of power require alternative models because without alternative visions, we risk being stuck in the status quo; a dystopian reality in which powerlessness continues. In contemporary democracy, all citizens theoretically have equal power to vote. The problem is that voting power does not always translate into the decisions governments will make or the decisions made by other important actors. There are several key reasons why the power to vote can be limited in its ability to reflect popular will or the interests of individuals.