By Wednesday, November 9, one of the most contentious presidential elections in modern American history will be over. Americans will know the identity of their next president and will likely know which party has a majority in the House and the Senate. But the divisions so evident during this unprecedented campaign will not quickly disappear. Will this election mark a significant turning point in the tone and tenor of American politics? What can the campaign and its results tell us about the governing challenges that will face America over the next four years?
On November 9, the Brookings Institution convened a panel of experts to address these questions the day after this historic election. Panelists reviewed the results of the race, the factors that produced that outcome, and the implications for domestic and foreign policy, the economy, and the future of America’s electoral system.
After a moderated discussion, panelists responded to audience questions. This event was part of the Brookings Election 2016 and America’s Future project.
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For the first time, [the European Parliament elections] will be fought on European issues, not on national issues. [French President Emmanuel Macron and Italy's governing populists] represent two pure versions of what's going to be offered. [Europe is] now entering a phase where the political fight is in Brussels. It is now a place where you have parties and platforms, and the direction might shift very much if a new party wins.