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Commentators, 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 nominate strong candidates? Are activists loyal only to particular interest groups, with little concern for the parties as institutions? Are the reformed nominating procedures open to takeover by new activists, who exit the party immediately after the presidential nominations 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 nominating 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 nomination 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. vi-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction and Methodology
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part One: The 1980 Delegate Study: Context and Overview
  2. pp. 9-10
  1. 1. The Underexplored Nomination Process
  2. Steven E. Schier
  3. pp. 11-28
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  1. 2. Between Light and Shadow: The Political Context
  2. L. Sandy Maisel
  3. pp. 29-43
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  1. 3. An Analysis of State Party Activists
  2. Alan I. Abramowitz, John McGlennon, Ronald B. Rapoport
  3. pp. 44-58
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  1. Part Two: Incentives and Motivations
  2. pp. 59-60
  1. 4. Incentives for Activism
  2. Alan I. Abramowitz, John McGlennon, Ronald B. Rapoport
  3. pp. 61-74
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  1. 5. Ideology, Electability, and Candidate Choice
  2. Walter J. Stone, Alan I. Abramowitz
  3. pp. 75-96
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  1. Part Three: Groups and Representation
  2. pp. 97-98
  1. 6. Issue Group Activists at the Conventions
  2. John G. Francis, Robert C. Benedict
  3. pp. 99-125
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  1. 7. Migration and Activist Politics
  2. Laurence W. Moreland, Robert P. Steed, Tod A. Baker
  3. pp. 126-142
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  1. Part Four: Issues and Ideology
  2. pp. 143-144
  1. 8. Elite Attitudinal Constraint
  2. Ronald B. Rapoport
  3. pp. 145-163
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  1. 9. Issue Constellations in 1980
  2. Jeffrey L. Brudney, jean G. McDonald
  3. pp. 164-187
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  1. 10. The Permeability of Parties
  2. Robert W. Kweit, Mary Grisez Kweit
  3. pp. 188-214
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  1. 11. Extremist Delegates: Myth and Reality
  2. Charles S. Hauss, L. Sandy Maisel
  3. pp. 215-226
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  1. Appendix: The 1980 Delegate Survey
  2. pp. 227-235
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 236-236
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 237-244
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813156408
Related ISBN
9780813115597
MARC Record
OCLC
560464928
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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