ESSENTIAL CRITERIA FOR A VIABLE NOMINATING
SYSTEMIn the final analysis, the results of the various reform commissions should
be evaluated in terms if standard criteria that most political scientists accept as essential to a viable nominating system.
|1. ||Aid in preserving the two-party system.|
|2. ||Help secure vigorous competition between the parties.|
|3. ||Maintain some degree of cohesion and agreement within parties.|
|4. ||Produce candidates who have likelihood of winning broad voter support.|
|5. ||Lead to the choice of candidates who are reasonably well qualified for the
duties of high office.|
|6. ||Lead to the choice of candidates as legitimate and fairly chosen.
Produce officeholders who are capable of generating support for public
policies they espouse.|
Any fair appraisal of the reform commissions' work, using the sevencriteria list above, suggests that their results have been, at best, mixed.
Quoted in Mandate for Reform: A Report of the Commission on Party Structures and Delegate Selection to the Democratic National Committee
Fraser Commission) ( Washington, D.C.: Democratic National Committee, 1970),
James W. Davis, National Conventions in an Age of Party Reform ( Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1983), p. 89.
Mandate for Reform: A Report of the Commission on Party Structure and
Delegate Selection to the Democratic National Committee, 1972).
William J. Crotty, Party Reform ( New York: Longman, 1983), p. 104. (Author's italics)
Call to Order: A Narrative Report by the Commission on Rules of the Democratic National Committee (O'Hara Commission) ( Washington, D.C.: Democratic National Committee, 1972), pp. 49-54.
Democrats All: Commission on Party Structure and Delegate Selection (the
Mikulski Commision) ( Washington, D.C.: Democratic National Committee, 1973), pp. 15-24.
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Book title: U.S. Presidential Primaries and the Caucus-Convention System:A Sourcebook.
Contributors: James W. Davis - Author.
Publisher: Greenwood Press.
Place of publication: Westport, CT.
Publication year: 1997.
Page number: 32.
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