A Theory of Political Parties: Groups, Policy Demands and Nominations in American Politics

  title={A Theory of Political Parties: Groups, Policy Demands and Nominations in American Politics},
  author={Kathleen Bawn and Martin Cohen and David Karol and Seth Masket and Hans Noel and John R. Zaller},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  pages={571 - 597}
We propose a theory of political parties in which interest groups and activists are the key actors, and coalitions of groups develop common agendas and screen candidates for party nominations based on loyalty to their agendas. This theoretical stance contrasts with currently dominant theories, which view parties as controlled by election-minded politicians. The difference is normatively important because parties dominated by interest groups and activists are less responsive to voter preferences… 

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