Front-Loading Problem in Presidential Nominations / Edition 1

Front-Loading Problem in Presidential Nominations / Edition 1

by William G. Mayer, Andrew Busch, Andrew E. Busch
     
 

The race for the White House may seem like a marathon, but the nomination process is becoming a sprint, with the starting gun fired earlier each time. Where state primaries and caucuses were once spread out over a period of three or four months, most are now crammed into a four— or five—week interval at the very beginning of the delegate selection

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Overview

The race for the White House may seem like a marathon, but the nomination process is becoming a sprint, with the starting gun fired earlier each time. Where state primaries and caucuses were once spread out over a period of three or four months, most are now crammed into a four— or five—week interval at the very beginning of the delegate selection calendar. The compression and hastening of the nomination season are changing the nature of the presidential selection process, the most visible pillar of American democracy. Despite the importance of this issue in American politics, however, too little systematic analysis has been done on the topic. This is the first book to offer a comprehensive examination of the front-loading problem in all its facets.

William Mayer and Andrew Busch define the parameters of the front-loading question as well as its impact. They trace the history that shaped the current system and explain why it is such a critical element of presidential elections. Most important, the authors present a detailed analysis of all the major proposals for coping with front-loading and of the political and constitutional obstacles for reform. While they conclude that there is no easy solution to this complex issue, they identify a general direction for reform efforts. They also feel that the political parties should be the prime movers in formulating and implementing changes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815755197
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
07/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2The Rise of Front-Loading4
Ch. 3Explaining Front-Loading23
Ch. 4The Consequences of Front-Loading56
Ch. 5Proposed Solutions95
Ch. 6The Politics of Nomination Reform125
Ch. 7Conclusion153
App. AOn Measuring Front-Loading169
App. BSpecification of the Regression Equations in Tables 3-4 and 3-5172
App. CA Note on Delegate Counts176
Notes181
Index217

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