How are the electoral procedures used in presidential nomination campaigns? Haskell provides an overview of the historical developments that led to the presidential nomination process and analyzes the basic elements of public choice analysis as they apply to nomination campaigns. The book serves as a basic text and an introduction to the study of the nomination process as a method of public choice. Haskell argues that the current arrangements in the presidential nomination process are deeply flawed and offers a set of reforms to the existing system, including using approval voting in the earliest primaries and diminishing the effect of frontloading primaries. Fundamentally Flawed will interest scholars and students of American government, political parties, the presidency, and campaigns and elections.
John Haskell is assistant professor of political science at Drake University.
Chapter 1 Only in America Chapter 2 The Twentieth-Century Evolution of the Presidential Nomination Process Chapter 3 The Current Presidential Nomination Process Chapter 4 Reforming the System? An Introduction to Public Choice and Presidential Primaries Chapter 5 Assessing Presidential Primaries as a Method of Public Choice Chapter 6 Assessing the Reform Alternatives Chapter 7 Summary and Conclusions Chapter 8 Bibliography Chapter 9 Index