Monday, April 18, 2016

Democracy in America — The Role of Political Parties

In a modern democratic republic, citizens vote from a slate of candidates that their parties have nominated. Therefore, the selection process determined the degree to which citizens have an actual choice. Until the advent of primaries, the selection process was confined mostly to the internal politics of the various parties. The primaries introduced more democracy into the political process.

Now the question is whether the selection process is actually democratic, as both the Democratic and Republican establishments insert themselves into the process by party rules. This election is therefore a crucial test of democracy in America.

Raw Story
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Consortium News
Democrats March Toward Cliff
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