The Imperfect Primary: Oddities, Biases, and Strengths of U.S. Presidential Nomination Politics / Edition 1

The Imperfect Primary: Oddities, Biases, and Strengths of U.S. Presidential Nomination Politics / Edition 1

by Barbara Norrander
     
 

Recognized as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2011!

Many people complain about the complex system used to nominate presidents. The system is hardly rational because it was never carefully planned. Because of the dissatisfaction over the idiosyncrasies of the current system, periodic calls arise to reform the presidential nomination process.

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Recognized as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2011!

Many people complain about the complex system used to nominate presidents. The system is hardly rational because it was never carefully planned. Because of the dissatisfaction over the idiosyncrasies of the current system, periodic calls arise to reform the presidential nomination process. But how are we to make sense of the myriad complexities in the system as well as in the calls for change?

In The Imperfect Primary, political scientist Barbara Norrander explores how presidential candidates are nominated, discusses past and current proposals for reform, and examines the possibility for more practical, incremental changes to the electoral rules. Norrander reminds us to be careful what we wish for—reforming the presidential nomination process is as complex as the current system. Through the modeling of empirical research to demonstrate how questions of biases can be systematically addressed, students can better see the advantages, disadvantages, and potential for unintended consequences in a whole host of reform proposals.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415995771
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/03/2010
Series:
Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. Happenstance and Reforms 2. Presidential Nomination Politics at the Dawn of the 21st Century 3. Is This a Fair Way to Select a Presidential Nominee? 4. Alternative Methods for Nominating Presidents 5. Connections to the General Election. 6. Oddities, Biases, and Strengths of U.S. Presidential Elections.

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