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By William G. Mayer

During this advisor to the most important points of the U.S. presidential nominating procedure, a crew of specialists seems on the history and evolution of the method and the recent principles for 2000. It provides non-technical dialogue of such issues as: the hot Hampshire fundamental; the position of ladies within the nomination technique; televised candidate debates; the position of specialists; the problem of holding interparty solidarity; and the position of the vice-presidency.

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In stark contrast to that sort of regime, the centerpiece of the McGovern-Fraser initiatives was a sweeping assertion of the national party's authority to control its state and local affiliates. Specifically, the commission promulgated eighteen ''guidelines" that were designed to regulate state delegate selection practices in remarkable detail. "7 Still other guidelines took aim at filing fees, petition requirements, quorum provisions, intrastate apportionment, and slate-making procedures. Of the eighteen guidelines, every state was in violation of at least six.

26 In our view, the same may be said of most caucuses. 3. For every contested presidential roll call vote since 1952, we have calculated the mean vote percentage that each major candidate received from primary and nonprimary states. 3 presents a set of estimates that show how much better or worse each candidate did in convention states, after controlling for such variables as region, ideology, demographic composition, and the home states of the major candidates. As these figures show, between 1952 and 1968, it clearly did make a difference whether a state used a primary to select its delegates.

To them especially I express my gratitude and devotion. Page 1 Chapter OneThe Modern Politics of Presidential Selection: How Changing the Rules Really Did Change the Game by Michael G. Hagen and William G. Mayer Though no one seems to have thought the day worth celebrating, 27 August 1998 marked the thirtieth anniversary of the beginning of the modern era in presidential nominations. Of course, no important process of historical transformation is ever consummated in a single day. The groundwork and preconditions for change had inevitably been laid during the preceding years and decades; many important events and decisions were yet to take place.

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