Reforming the Presidential Nominating Process: Front-Loading's Consequences and the National Primary Solution
History & Political Science
This book critiques the contemporary nominating process from the perspective of voters and their right to effectively participate in their parties’ selection of a presidential nominee. Employing both a common-sense and legal, rights-based framework to invite a constitutionally grounded conversation on the legitimacy of the current presidential nominating process, Lisa K. Parshall argues that timing of participation in the nomination goes hand-in-hand with the right to choose a candidate and the fairest way to restore the promise of meaningful and timely participation for all voters is by adopting a same-day national primary.
Viewed from the party membership perspective, this work illuminates the fundamental interests at stake that should be considered in any potential reform of the presidential nominating system.
Parshall, L. (2018). Reforming the Presidential Nominating Process: Front-Loading's Consequences and the National Primary Solution (Routledge Research in American Politics and Governance, 21). New York, NY: Routledge.