The Primary Purpose of Presidential Primaries

Author
Dennis F. Thompson
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
125
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
Summer 2010
Institution
Academy of Political Science
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.