Party Decides Presidential Nominations Before and after Reform

ISBN-10: 0226112373

ISBN-13: 9780226112374

Edition: 2008

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Description: Throughout the contest for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, politicians and voters alike worried that the outcome might depend on the preferences of unelected superdelegates. This concern threw into relief the prevailing notion that-such unusually competitive cases notwithstanding-people, rather than parties, should and do control presidential nominations. But for the past several decades,The Party Decidesshows, unelected insiders in both major parties have effectively selected candidates long before citizens reached the ballot box. Tracing the evolution of presidential nominations since the 1790s, this volume demonstrates how party insiders have sought since America7;s founding to control nominations as a means of getting what they want from government. Contrary to the common view that the party reforms of the 1970s gave voters more power, the authors contend that the most consequential contests remain the candidates7; fights for prominent endorsements and the support of various interest groups and state party leaders. These invisible primaries produce frontrunners long before most voters start paying attention, profoundly influencing final election outcomes and investing parties with far more nominating power than is generally recognized.

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Acknowledgments
The Outrageous Nomination of Hubert Humphrey
Whose Parties?
The Creation of New Parties
Weak Structures, Strong Parties
Last Hurrahs of the Old System
Appendix to Chapter 5: State Parties in 1952
Mastering the Postreform System
Appendix to Chapter 6: A Closer Look at the Endorsement Data
The Invisible Primary: Theory and Evidence
Anatomy of a Conversation
Appendix to Chapter 8: Models of the Invisible Primary
The Voters Weigh In
Appendix to Chapter 9: Models of Delegate Share
Political Parties Today
Notes
References
Index
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