Issue group activists at the conventions

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Publication Type Book Chapter
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Political Science
Creator Francis, John G.; Benedict, Robert Cone
Title Issue group activists at the conventions
Date 1986
Description The rise of the new single issue groups has presented the Republican and Democratic parties with a novel challenge to their historic roles as broad-based coalition parties. Both parties now confront groups within their ranks that demand of party nominees a strict commitment to the position held by the group on a specified issue. We will examine the extent to which party delegates who are active in the new issue groups are distinguished from other delegates in their party commitment, issue positions, and ideological orientation. In short, have state party conventions been penetrated by new issue group activists, lacking any broader interest in or commitment to the party? We draw two conclusions from our analysis below: First, delegates in new issue groups are also active in other interest groups within their respective parties. This suggests that while delegates may belong to single issue groups, they may not have single issue political orientations. Second, delegates active in newer social issue groups can be distinguished from other delegates within their respective parties on certain measures of commitment, but nonetheless such delegates are clearly differentiated in their party orientation from delegates in the other party who are active in similar interest groups.
Type Text
Publisher University Press of Kentucky
First Page 99
Last Page 125
Subject Single issue groups
Subject LCSH Political conventions - United States; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Republican National Convention; Democratic National Convention; Democratic Party (U.S.); Pressure groups; Pressure groups -- United States
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Francis, J. G., & Benedict, R. C. (1986). Issue group activists at the conventions, in Life of the Parties : Activists in Presidential Politics, ed. by Rappaport, Ronald B., Abramowitz, Alan I., & McGlennon, John, 99-125.
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6bp0m2v
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