Symposium on the Presidential Nominating Process and American Democracy

October 23, 2009
New York, NY

Organized by the Academy of Political Science and Political Science Quarterly.
Funded in part by The Carnegie Corporation of New York

Leading scholars met to examine the United States' system of selecting presidential candidates and to consider ideas for reforming the nominating process. Articles presented at this symposium were published in the Summer and Fall 2010 issues of Political Science Quarterly.

Project Co-Directors

Demetrios James Caraley
The Academy of Political Science
Political Science Quarterly

Robert Y. Shapiro
Columbia University

Panel I

The Primary Purpose of Presidential Primaries
Dennis F. Thompson
Harvard University

Creating Better Heuristics for the Presidential Primary:
The Citizen Assembly

Heather K. Gerken and Douglas Rand
Yale Law School

Nathaniel Persily
Columbia Law School

Panel II

A Modified National Primary:
State Losers and Support for Changing the Presidential Nominating Process

Caroline Tolbert
University of Iowa

Are American Presidential Campaigns Just Too Long?
William G. Mayer
Northeastern University

Costas Panagopoulos
Fordham University

Panel III

Improving the Nominating Process: The Role of Money
Norman J. Ornstein
American Enterprise Institute

Are Caucuses Bad for Democracy?
Costas Panagopoulos
Fordham University

Fredrick C. Harris
Columbia University

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