1st Edition

The Crossroads Elections European Perspectives on the 2022 U.S. Midterm Elections

Edited By Renata Duda, Maciej Turek Copyright 2024
    304 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This wide-ranging collection acquaints American college instructors with insightful contributions and critical reflections from Europe on the study of campaigns, elections, Congress, and political behavior. Using an organizing conceptual framework of a "crossroads," which sets two parties apart on traditional democratic values, more than a dozen experts examine the political environment, issues, candidates, campaigns, media, and voters of the 2022 midterm election.

    Distinctive in its breadth of topics, the book covers many new issues and the most controversial aspects of 2022 using a combination of statistical and descriptive analysis. These include but are not limited to: election results, unique features of midterm elections, the role of the Supreme Court and gerrymandering in 2022, intra-party cleavages, election denialism, the role of media and campaign finance, U.S. support of Ukraine, European public opinion on American democracy, and 2022 midterm as stage setter for the 2024 presidential election.

    Introduction. Red Wave vs. Dark Brandon

    Renata Duda and Maciej Turek


    1. Midterm Elections and the Modern Presidency: Parliamentary Party Leadership

    in a Separation of Powers System

    Richard Johnson


    2. State of Democracy in the Post-January 6 United States

    Maciej Turek


    3. Setting the Stage: The Supreme Court and the 2022 Midterm Elections

    Pawel Laidler


    4. Redistricting and Gerrymandering After the 2020-2021 Census                          

    Darius Stolicki


    5. A Tale of Two Presidents: Biden and/or Trump Effect in the 2022 Midterm Elections?

    Alix Meyer and Alf Tomas Tønnessen


    6. Factional Change and Continuity in the 2022 House Primaries

    Mike Cowburn


    7. The 2022 U.S. House Elections: A Red Trickle

    Philipp Adorf


    8. The Not Too Surprising Democratic Retention of the Senate

    Marco Morini


    9. The Divided State of the States? Midterm Elections at the State Level: Between Polarization, Nationalization and Fragmentation

    Julia Simon and Jared Sonnicksen


    10. Media Coverage of the 2022 Campaign

    Julia Trzcińska


    11. The Money in the 2022 Midterm Election Campaign

    Izabela Kraśnicka and Jan Misiuna


    12. “The Red Wave That Wasn’t.” Voting Behavior in the 2022 Midterm Elections

    Gabriel Gómez


    13. Congress and the Role of the United States in the World: The Case of Russia’s Full-Scale Invasion of Ukraine

    Renata Duda and Tomasz Pugacewicz

    14. European Citizens' View of the United States: Does Trumpism Damage

    America's Image in Europe?

    Zuzana Ringlerova


    15. All the Way to 2024: From the Midterms to the Presidential Election

    Christian Lammert



    Renata Duda is an Associate Professor at the Institute of International and Security Studies of the University of Wrocław. She holds a Ph.D in political science. Her research focuses on a variety of issues concerning the system of governance in the European Union and U.S. relations with Central-Eastern Europe. She authored the book devoted to the European politics: Multi-Level Governance – MLG: The New Way of Governance in the European Union in the Face of Processes of Regionalisation and Integration. Renata Duda was also a recipient of the habilitation research scholarship from the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. She teaches courses on U.S Foreign Policy, Contemporary Issues in International Relations, International Political Relations, and American Contemporary Issues.

    Maciej Turek is an Assistant Professor of political science at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science and holds degrees in Culture Studies, minoring in American Studies. Dr. Turek has been a two-time recipient of Polish National Science Centre Grants on: Campaign Finance and the Future of U.S. Democracy and Congressional Oversight of the Executive Branch in the United States in a Polarization Era. He is author of two books, co-author of two books, co-editor of another two, and authored more than 20 articles concerning the U.S. political system. He has taught on such topics as: American Government and Politics, U.S. Legal System, Campaigns and Elections in the United States, Presidential Elections in the United States, Contemporary America, Philosophical Foundations of the U.S. Political System, Research Methods in Social Sciences, Introduction to Government.