The Demise of the American Convention System, 1880-1911

The Demise of the American Convention System, 1880-1911

by John F. Reynolds
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521859638

ISBN-13: 9780521859639

Pub. Date: 08/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

During the nineteenth century American political parties selected their candidates for elective offices in conventions. Around 1910 most states established a system of direct primaries whereby the voters selected their parties' nominees for public office. This book examines the transition from the indirect to the direct primary, as well as its implications for

Overview

During the nineteenth century American political parties selected their candidates for elective offices in conventions. Around 1910 most states established a system of direct primaries whereby the voters selected their parties' nominees for public office. This book examines the transition from the indirect to the direct primary, as well as its implications for American politics. It offers a systematic analysis of the convention system in four states (New Jersey, Michigan, Colorado and California) and the legislative history of the regulation of political parties during the Progressive Era. It argues that the major political parties themselves were chiefly responsible for doing away with the nominating convention. Candidates played a pivotal role in inaugurating the new nominating system as they became more open and aggressive in pursuit of their parties' nominations. The convention system was never designed to withstand the pressures exerted on it by a more competitive nominating process.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521859639
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The search for harmony; 3. Emergence of the hustling candidate; 4. Coping with competition; 5. The pivot of reform; 6. The direct primary in the reform tradition.

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