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Author Reynolds, John Francis.

Title The demise of the American convention system, 1880-1911 / John F. Reynolds.

Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  324.273 REYN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 270 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-260) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. The search for harmony : the convention system in the party period -- 3. The emergence of the hustling candidate -- 4. Coping with competition : the limitations of party self-regulation -- 5. "The pivot of reform" : debating the direct primary -- 6. The direct primary in the reform tradition.
Summary "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. The current study examines the transition from the indirect to the direct primary, as well as its implication for American politics. The book 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 holds the major political parties responsible for doing away with the nominating convention. As candidates became more open and aggressive in pursuit of their parties' nominations, they played a pivotal role in inaugurating the new nominating system. The convention system was never designed to withstand the pressures exerted on it by a more competitive nominating process."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Political conventions -- United States -- History.
Nominations for office -- United States -- History.
Political parties -- United States -- History.
ISBN 9780521859639 (hardback)
0521859638 (hardback)