Primary Politics

Primary Politics

Everything You Need to Know About How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates

Book - 2016 | Second edition
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Baker & Taylor
Explains the system of nominating presidential candidates in the U.S. and how and why it has evolved, while answering questions about proportional representation, delegate counts, and the importance of conventions.

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Author Elaine C. Kamarck provides readers a comprehensive exploration of the history and workings of the current primary nomination system for political candidates in the United States. She discusses the history of how the system has shifted since 1968, and tours the hidden side of the process, conveying several stories of candidates attempting to work the system, or simply bypass it on their way to their party’s nomination. The author is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington D.C. a former White House staff member, policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore, and instructor at the Harvard Kennedy School in Massachusetts. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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"Explores one of the most important questions in American politics--how we narrow the list of presidential candidates every four years. Focuses on how presidential candidates have sought to alter the rules in their favor and how their failures and successes have led to even more change" -- Provided by publisher.

Brookings Institution Press
The 2016 presidential primaries are on the horizon and this new edition of Elaine Kamarck’s Primary Politics will be there to help make sense of them. Updated to include the 2012 election, it will once again be the guide to understanding the modern nominating system and some of its arcana, including the “robot rule.”

In Primary Politics, political insider Elaine Kamarck explains how the presidential nomination process became the often baffling system we have today. Her focus is the largely untold story of how presidential candidates since the early 1970s have sought to alter the rules in their favor and how their failures and successes have led to even more change. She describes how candidates have sought to manipulate the sequencing of primaries to their advantage and how Iowa and New Hampshire came to dominate the system. She analyzes the rules that are used to translate votes into delegates, paying special attention to the Democrats' twenty-year fight over proportional representation.

Drawing on meticulous research, interviews with key figures in both parties, and years of experience, this book explores one of the most important questions in American politics -- how we narrow the list of presidential candidates every four years.


Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, [2016]
Edition: Second edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780815727750
0815727755
Branch Call Number: 324.2731 KAMARCK
Characteristics: xii, 220 pages ; 23 cm

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