Campaign Managers Conference

Capturing a “first draft of history” about presidential campaigns from their managers, senior strategists and media and political observers has been the focus of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics Campaign for President: The Managers Look conference every four years since 1972.

In the aftermath of 2016’s tumultuous and ground-breaking election cycle, insiders’ views came into focus on November 30 and December 1, 2016 as the key players from the Democratic and Republican campaigns convened in Cambridge for Campaign for President: The Managers Look at 2016, organized in collaboration with the Shorenstein Center on the Media, Politics and Public Policy.  

Through a series of panels and round table discussions, participants explain and sometimes defend campaign strategies and tactics from the earliest primaries through Election Day. The proceedings, which provide a unique historical record of key decisions, are recorded digitally and also reproduced in a publication that have been used as a primary source material for Presidential biographies from Nixon to Obama.