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From the Publisher“Impressively researched, analytically sophisticated, persuasively argued, this book revises much of what scholars have believed about American political parties and political reform around the turn of the twentieth century. By carefully examining the interaction between party structures and political candidates, John Reynolds clarifies the evolution of nominating practices from the convention system to the direct primary and more broadly illuminates the disputed relationship between behavioral and institutional changes in American politics. Both historians and political scientists will welcome this fresh and provocative work.” Peter H. Argersinger, Southern Illinois University
“John Reynolds's book is of central importance for all political scientists and historians who are interested in party development. A richly detailed study of how the nomination process was transformed at the state level in the late 19th century, it shows that the origins of a candidate-centered style of politics in America are much older than many scholars have believed them to be. It is a book that should be read widely and it will deserve all the praise that will surely come its way.” Alan Ware, Oxford University
"A most informative political and historical analysis." - Choice
"An important study that adds considerably to our knowledge of party practices and party organization between 1880 and 1911."
R. Hal Williams, The Journal of American History