How do economic, social, and foreign policy issues influence partisan loyalties and the way people vote? Are elections more about retrospective assessments of a government’s performance on critical issues, or prospective choices between policy alternatives? Are voters’ views about issues structured by general ideological principles or campaign rhetoric, or are they responsive to changes in objective social conditions?
Two days after the final presidential debate, the Governance Studies program at the Brookings Institution and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs will convene a panel discussion to assess the effects of policy issues on the outcome of elections. The event is the third in a series of roundtable discussions on the election being sponsored by Brookings and Princeton.