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National party conventions, 1831-2008.
Congressional Quarterly, inc.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, [2010]

Physical Description:
viii, 375 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Product Description: National Party Conventions 1831-2008 provides focused, and wide-ranging information on national party conventions, which have been a key element of the U.S. electoral process since the early nineteenth century. A comprehension of the history and evolving structures of the convention is essential to understanding how presidential leaders are chosen in the United States. This reference presents a thorough examination of U.S. nominating conventions, including pre-convention politics, descriptions of the convention system, and detailed information on specific conventions and political parties through the election of Barack Obama in 2008. A wide variety of information is provided for each convention, including important excerpts from party platforms, key ballots for presidential nominees, and significant votes on rules and delegate disputes. Additional chapters cover pre-convention history and presidential primaries with a biographical directory of party nominees and profiles of political parties. Those new to the topic will appreciate the clarity of presentation, and the broad scope of this reliable resource will satisfy the research needs of experienced scholars and professionals.
Preface -- 1: Preconvention Politics, 1789-1828 -- Presidential politics -- Caucus system -- Demise of the caucus -- Trend toward conventions -- 2: Presidential Primaries -- Front-loaded process -- Evolutionary process -- Nominations reform: reversal of fortune -- Nominations today -- 3: Nominating Conventions -- Convention sites -- Delegate selection -- Controversial rules -- Convention officers -- Party platforms -- Filling vacancies -- Communications and the media -- 4: Convention Chronology, 1831-2008 -- 5: Key Convention Ballots -- Appendix: Political Parties And Candidates -- US presidents and vice-presidents -- Historical profiles of American political parties -- Biographical directory of presidential and vice-presidential candidates -- Political party nominees, 1831-2008 -- Selected bibliography -- Illustration credits and acknowledgments -- Index.
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