By Alexander B. Ewing
DPhil student in political theory at Oriel College, Oxford
In a campaign full of surprises, one could argue that the biggest sources of despair (if you are part of the GOP ‘establishment’) and space for Schaudenfreude (if you are a Democrat) is that the Trump Express is of the Republican’s own making.
This is more bad news for Mr Rubio, but makes for interesting political science debate. Indeed, one of the most fascinating discussions in academic circles surrounds a recent book, The Party Decides, by Marty Cohen, David Karol, Hans Noel and John Zaller. They conclude that even with a number of democratic reforms, political parties in America continue to have tight control over the nomination process.
I’m posting the publishers blurb below; but after this cycle the authors may need to write a new chapter.
Alexander Blake Ewing is a Lecturer at St Catherine's College, Oxford and a DPhil student in political theory at Oriel College, Oxford, where he works on the interrelationship between ideology, philosophy and history.
This article was originally published at Oxford Political Blog on March 2, 2016
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