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Rules Governing Presidential Primaries

dc.contributor.authorGeer, John Gray
dc.identifier.citationGeer, John G. "Rules Governing Presidential Primaries." Journal of Politics 48.4 (1986): 1006-25.en_US
dc.descriptionAn article originally published in Journal of Politics v. 48, no. 4 (1986), p. 1006-1025.en_US
dc.description.abstract"Many observers of American politics have been highly critical of the proliferation of primaries that occurred in the 1970s. One of the reasons given for this unfavorable assessment is that the direct primary cannot consistently yield candidates who have broad electoral support--something that is thought necessary to win general elections. And since the major goal of parties is to win elections, this perceived shortcoming is cause for concern. In this article I show, however, that the problem lies not with the direct primary itself, but rather with the rules that govern presidential primaries. In fact, if parties would allocate delegates proportionally to candidates, adopt a preference ballot, and allow independents and "swing" voters to participate, the direct primary would offer an excellent opportunty to nominate candidates with broad support"--From article.en_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen_US
dc.subjectPresidential primariesen_US
dc.subjectElection rulesen_US
dc.subject.lcshPrimary electionsen_US
dc.subject.lcshPresidents -- United States -- Electionen_US
dc.subject.lcshElection lawen_US
dc.titleRules Governing Presidential Primariesen_US
dc.description.collegeCollege of Arts and Scienceen_US
dc.description.departmentDepartment of Political Scienceen_US

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