Competition in Post-Reform Presidential Nominations
How leaders are selected and who does the selecting reflects power in a political system. Democratic political systems are premised on the notion that citizens are empowered to select their political leaders. However, voters must have choices among candidates to exercise that power. At face value, the reforms of the 1970s made presidential nominations more democratic by enabling many more citizens to participate in the selection of the party nominees. The reforms also enabled more candidates to seek the nomination so there are more candidates to choose from.