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Routledge Handbook of Primary Elections

Edited by: Robert G. Boatright

Print publication date:  February  2018
Online publication date:  February  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138684089
eBook ISBN: 9781315544182
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315544182
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Primary elections have been used for the past century for most U.S. elective offices and their popularity is growing in other nations as well. In some circumstances, primaries ensure that citizens have a say in elections and test the skills of candidates before they get to the general election. Yet primaries are often criticized for increasing the cost of elections, for producing ideologically extreme candidates, and for denying voters the opportunity to choose candidates whose appeal transcends partisanship. Few such arguments have, however, been rigorously tested.

This innovative Handbook evaluates many of the claims, positive and negative, that have been made about primaries.?It is organized into six sections, covering the origins of primary elections; primary voters; US presidential primaries; US subpresidential primaries; primaries in other parts of the world; and reform proposals. The Routledge Handbook of Primary Elections is an important research tool for scholars, a resource guide for students, and a source of ideas for those who seek to modify the electoral process.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  What Is, and What Is Not, a Primary Election? Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The Origins of the Direct Primary Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Candidate Emergence in the Era of Direct Primaries Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Should We Expect Primary Elections to Create Polarization? Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Sorting Dixie Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The Nature of Crossover Voters Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The Effect of Open and Closed Primaries on Voter Turnout Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Strategic Candidate Entry Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The Direct Primary and Voting Behavior in U.S. General Elections  Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Divisive Primaries Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Is there a Link Between Primary Competition and General Election Results? Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Ideological Primaries and their Influence in Congress Download PDF
Chapter  13:  When Might Moderates Win the Primary? Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Primary Elections and Group Dynamics Download PDF
Chapter  15:  2016 Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Citizen Choice in Presidential Primaries Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The Fuzzy Frontrunner Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Televised Debates in Presidential Primaries Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Mind the Gap Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Primaries and Legislative Behavior Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Party Primaries as a Strategic Choice Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Primary Elections in New Democracies Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Party Primaries in Canada Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Italian Style of Intra-Party Democracy Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Beyond Open and Closed Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Sore Loser Laws in Presidential and Congressional Elections Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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