The Brookings Institution's Governance Studies Program and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs have joined forces to cosponsor a series of five panel discussions in Washington this fall in connection with the 2004 election campaign. The sessions will be organized and moderated by Larry M. Bartels, the Donald E. Stokes Professor of Public and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School, and Thomas E. Mann, the W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings.
The sessions will focus on a set of key questions about American electoral politics and will feature prominent political scientists who have done important scholarly work addressing those questions. Each panel will be a free-wheeling roundtable discussion that will also include a distinguished political journalist. The sessions are designed to convey to the press and the public some of what political scientists know about the contemporary electoral process, and to explore the implications of that understanding for the 2004 election.
The biweekly panel sessions will be held on Friday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Brookings Institution's Falk Auditorium. Below is a list of discussion topics and panelists who will be joining Bartels and Mann:
September 17: Political Parties and Partisanship
Panelists: Alan Abramowitz (Emory University), Donald Green (Yale University), John Harwood (Wall Street Journal)
October 1: Political Campaigns and Campaign Effects
Panelists: Richard Berke (Deputy Bureau Chief, The New York Times), Anthony Corrado (Colby College and Brookings Institution), Kenneth Goldstein (University of Wisconsin, Madison), and Daron Shaw (University of Texas, Austin)
October 15: How Much Do Issues Influence the Vote?
Panelists: Benjamin Page (Northwestern University), Susan Page (USA Today), and Byron Shafer (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
October 29: Voter Mobilization and Turnout
Panelists: Jeanne Cummings (Wall Street Journal), Alan Gerber (Yale University), Michael McDonald (George Mason University and Brookings Institution), and Lynn Vavreck (UCLA)
November 12: Elections, Mandates, and Governance
Panelists: Sarah Binder (Brookings Institution), James Harris (The Washington Post), and James Stimson (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill).