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Selecting a Party Leader

Daniel DiSalvo

in Engines of Change

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199891702
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949410 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199891702.003.0004

Series: Studies in Postwar American Political Development

Selecting a Party Leader

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This chapter makes three claims and pursues them though the historical record. One is that factional conflict at the nomination stage is a sign of party strength rather than weakness. Another is that factions have endowed the presidential selection process with much more continuity than most analysts have argued. Despite major changes in the mode of presidential nominations over the last one hundred and forty years, factions have consistently been important pieces in the presidential nomination puzzle. Finally, the historical account presented here suggests that the decline-of-parties thesis—as seen through the lens of presidential nominations—is wedded to a questionable historical periodization.

Keywords: Presidential nominations; primaries; conventions; delegates; party strength

Chapter.  11107 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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