Measuring the Consequences of Delegate Selection Rules in Presidential Nominations

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Title: Measuring the Consequences of Delegate Selection Rules in Presidential Nominations
Author: Ansolabehere, Stephen Daniel; King, Gary

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Citation: Ansolabehere, Stephen Daniel, and Gary King. 1990. Measuring the consequences of delegate selection rules in presidential nominations. The Journal of Politics 52(2): 609-621.
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Abstract: In this paper, we formalize existing normative criteria used to judge presidential selection contests by modeling the translation of citizen votes in primaries and caucuses into delegates to the national party conventions. We use a statistical model that enables us to separate the form of electoral responsiveness in presidential selection systems, as well as the degree of bias toward each of the candidates. We find that (1) the Republican nomination system is more responsive to changes in citizen votes than the Democratic system; (2) non-PR primaries are always more responsive than PR primaries; (3) surprisingly, caucuses are more proportional than even primaries held under PR rules; (4) significant bias in favor of a candidate was a good prediction of the winner of the nomination contest. We also (5) evaluate the claims of Ronald Reagan in 1976 and Jesse Jackson in 1988 that the selection systems were substantially biased against their candidates. We find no evidence to support Reagan's claim, but substantial evidence that Jackson was correct.
Published Version: doi:10.2307/2131908
Other Sources: http://gking.harvard.edu/files/pri.pdf
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