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- DescriptionCommentators, especially since the Democratic party reforms following 1968, have expressed serious concerns about the role of party activists in the American political system. Have they become so concerned with ideological purity that they are unable to minate strong candidates? Are activists loyal only to particular interest groups, with little concern for the parties as institutions? Are the reformed minating procedures open to takeover by new activists, who exit the party immediately after the presidential minations fight? With such an unrepresentative set of activists, can parties adjust to changing environments?Based on a survey of more than 17,000 delegates to state presidential minating conventions in eleven states in 1980, this pathbreaking book addresses these questions in a comprehensive way for the first time. Heretofore most of the generalizations about party activists in the presidential mination process have been based on studies of national convention delegates, in particular those attending the 1972 conventions. But those delegates were atypical activists, as this book shows. The state of the activist stratum of the parties differs from what many of the critics have suggested.
- Author BiographyRonald B. Rapoport and John McGlennon are associate professors of government at the College of William and Mary. Alan I. Abramowitz is an associate professor of political science at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.
- Author(s)Alan Abramowitz,Alan I. Abramowitz,John McGlennon,Ronald B. Rapoport,Ronald Rapoport
- PublisherThe University Press of Kentucky
- Date of Publication28/02/1986
- SubjectGovernment & Constitution
- Place of PublicationLexington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University Press of Kentucky
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight522 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Edited byJohn McGlennon
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