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The Importance of Retail Politics

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during her primary night gathering at the Philadelphia Convention Center on April 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Primary voters in five more states brought the primary season closer to its conclusion yesterday.  Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are still the most likely nominees of their parties for the presidency. 

The popularity of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump this spring is an indication that retail politics are still important, according to contributor Art Cyr.

"That's why politicians spend such enormous amount of energy, as well as time and money meeting the voters in person. That still remains crucial," he explains.

Meanwhile, the man who currently holds the position has spent some time out of the country in recent days.  President Obama had high-level talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron and also met with members of the royal family.

Both primary politics and the President’s UK visit are on the mind of Cyr, who leads the Clausen Center for World Business at Carthage College in Kenosha.

Last month Carthage hosted Democrat Bernie Sanders on campus, an event that Cyr said offered some interesting insights:

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Arthur I. Cyr is Director of the Clausen Center for World Business and Clausen Distinguished Professor at Carthage College in Kenosha. Previously he was President of the Chicago World Trade Center, the Vice President of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, a faculty member and executive at UCLA, and an executive at the Ford Foundation. His publications include the book After the Cold War - American Foreign Policy, Europe and Asia (Macmillan and NYU Press).