Re-engineering Politicians: How Activist Groups Choose Our Candidates—Long Before We Vote

by Jonathan Rauch; Raymond J. La Raja

Dec 7, 2017

Political analysts sometimes refer to the process by which candidacies emerge and test their viability as the "invisible primary": activities like candidate recruitment, training, networking, grassroots cultivation, and more. The practice has changed drastically in recent years, with far-reaching effects. This paper examines these alterations and their effects on American democracy, especially focusing on the role of independent groups in shaping the primary battlefield.

Re-engineering Politicians: How Activist Groups Choose Our Candidates—Long Before We Vote
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