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Primaries: (Apparent) Virtues and (Hidden) Vices of an American Transplant

Primaries were born in America at the apex of the People’s Party’s influence at the turn of the 20th century. For a long time, they were considered as a rather curious and exotic peculiarism of American politics and as an anti-party instrument since the two dominant parties were losing their grip on the electoral process. Strangely enough, and without too much in-depth analysis, the left parties in Europe and in particular the French Socialist Party and the Italian Democratic Party have jumped on the primary band-wagon. This can be explained as a desperate attempt to address the twin issues of leadership and representativeness that the traditional party apparatuses were unable to solve in a satisfactory fashion. This transplant might bring short-term solutions but the risk is to further transform and hollow out the traditional parliamentary parties in Europe.


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Référence électonique : Yves MÉNY, "Primaries: (Apparent) Virtues and (Hidden) Vices of an American Transplant", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°154, 154 - Les primaires, p.27-40 . Consulté le 2023-03-26 17:02:34 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Primaries-Apparent-Virtues-and.html