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A Democratic Party? The Democratic Party Primary and the Role of Party Leaders in Steering the Party to the Center, 1972-2020

Abstract : In 1968, the nomination of former Vice President Hubert Humphrey with minimal popular support in the Democratic Primary would draw the ire of rank-and-file Democrats. Following the debacle of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, reforms were negotiated to transition to a more participatory form of nominee selection, an echo of the past to the legitimacy crisis Hilary Clinton faced after her narrow win in the 2016 nomination and to the reforms that ensued. The debate around the role of Party leaders and incidentally how participatory intraparty democracy should be has raged on for half a century, with high points in 1968-1972, 1972-1984, and 2016-2020. In this paper, I intend to demonstrate that, since 1980, Democratic Party leaders have regained control over the nomination process while also steering the Party away from its original liberal base to the political center, perceiving direct intraparty democracy to be unrepresentative of the national interest and to negatively influence electability.
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Dorian Clauzon. A Democratic Party? The Democratic Party Primary and the Role of Party Leaders in Steering the Party to the Center, 1972-2020. Political science. 2021. ⟨dumas-03351811⟩

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