Rules Governing Presidential Primaries

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dc.contributor.author Geer, John Gray
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-03T19:23:33Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-03T19:23:33Z
dc.date.issued 1986
dc.identifier.citation Geer, John G. "Rules Governing Presidential Primaries." Journal of Politics 48.4 (1986): 1006-25. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0022-3816
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/4050
dc.description An 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.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en_US
dc.subject Presidential primaries en_US
dc.subject Election rules en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Primary elections en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Presidents -- United States -- Election en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Election law en_US
dc.title Rules Governing Presidential Primaries en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.college College of Arts and Science en_US
dc.description.department Department of Political Science en_US

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