Nov 14

Past Event

What the 2008 Election Meant: Politics and Governance


Who will decide what the 2008 election really meant? How do election outcomes shape the course of public policy? Do past performance, platforms and campaign rhetoric provide a reliable basis for predicting the winners' behavior in office?

On November 14, to examine these and related matters, the Governance Studies program at Brookings, in partnership with the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, hosted the last of five roundtable discussions on key questions about American electoral politics in connection with the 2008 campaign.

Moderated by Larry Bartels of Princeton and Thomas Mann of Brookings, the session explored how the election results can shape the new Congress and the first term of a new presidency. The event featured Gary Jacobson of the University of California, San Diego, James Stimson of the University of North Carolina and John Harwood of CNBC and the New York Times.

Listen to the event proceedings » (mp3)

Event Agenda

  • Panelists

    • John Harwood

      Chief Washington Correspondent, CNBC; Political Writer, New York Times

    • Gary Jacobson

      Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego

    • James Stimson

      Raymond Dawson Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Moderators

    • Larry Bartels

      Director, Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, Donald E. Stokes Professor of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

    • Thomas E. Mann

      Senior Fellow, Governance Studies

      The W. Averell Harriman Chair


November 14, 2008

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST

University of California Washington Center

1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW


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