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Bifurcated Politics

Evolution and Reform in the National Party Convention

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674421622

Publication Date: 07/11/1988

391 pages



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  • Introduction: National Party Conventions in American Politics: The Attractions of the Convention
  • 1. The Nomination and the Convention: An Informal Disappearance
  • 2. Institutionalizing the Disappearance: The Nomination after Reform
  • 3. Changing Contours of Delegate Selection: The Decline of the Official Party
  • 4. The Rise of the Organized Interests: An Alternative Base for Delegate Selection
  • 5. The Convention and the Election: The Structure of Conflict inside the Hall
  • 6. Recurring Struggles over Tangible Products: Traditional Activities in the Reformed Convention
  • 7. The Struggle over the Mediated Convention: Televised Coverage and Public Perception
  • 8. Coverage Levels and Institutional Character: The Coming of the Bifurcated Convention
  • Conclusion: Evolution and Reform: The Convention and a Changing American Politics
  • Afterword: Evolution and Reform beyond 1988: The Future of the National Party Convention
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments and Project History
  • Index

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