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Introduction

  • Paul J. J. Welfens
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Abstract

The introduction presents a motivation for the analysis and puts the focus on the US presidential election campaign of 2016. It also gives some key figures for per capita income in the US and highlights the burden of health-care expenditures in the country. A brief historical perspective, looking at Thomas Jefferson’s stay in Europe—before he became US President—is offered. Rising US inequality is emphasized as a key challenge for all presidents since the 1990s, and some elements of success of Trump’s victory in 2016 are discussed. Key aspects of European economic developments are identified so that the European Union (EU) and the US can be compared. Some selected studies on Trumpism as a political philosophy from the field of political science are highlighted.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul J. J. Welfens
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  1. 1.European Institute for International Economic Relations (EIIW)University of WuppertalWuppertalGermany

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