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Governing the Presidential Nomination Commons


Brigham Daniels


Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School

September, 10 2009

Tulane Law Review, Vol. 84, 2010

Abstract:     
The presidential primary system is plagued by states jockeying to hold primaries and caucuses as early as possible. While the trend of racing to vote is not new, it has increased alarmingly. In 2008, more than half the states held contests by the first week of February. This free-for-all hurts the democratic process by encouraging uninformed voting, emphasizing the role of money in campaigns, and pressing candidates to rely on sound-bite campaigning. Because the presidential nomination is one of the most important decisions left to voters in the United States, this problem is well-recognized. It is also widely misunderstood. This article casts the problem in a different light, demonstrating that frontloading of the nomination process is a classic tragedy of the commons. Recognizing the problem as a commons dilemma provides a powerful explanation for the trend toward earlier primaries and, more importantly, provides insights into how best to reform the nomination system.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 46

Keywords: Frontloading, presidential primary, commons, common-pool resources, tragedy of the commons

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Date posted: September 10, 2009  

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Daniels, Brigham, Governing the Presidential Nomination Commons (September, 10 2009). Tulane Law Review, Vol. 84, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1471419

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Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School ( email )
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Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
United States
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