The Primary Purpose of Presidential Primaries

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Title: The Primary Purpose of Presidential Primaries
Author: Thompson, Dennis F.
Citation: Thompson, Dennis F. 2010. The primary purpose of presidential primaries. Political Science Quarterly 125(2): 205-232.
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Abstract: Dennis F. Thompson analyzes the capacity of presidential primaries to provide a test of the constitutional character of candidates. He argues that the primary process should be judged to be more or less democratic on the basis of the effective opportunities it gives voters to assess the democratic commitments of the candidates.
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