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Theories of Party Decline and Renewal
This is the theory that parties have continuingly been in decline since the
1970s, and are of now less importance.
Loss of control over the nomination process. Up until the 1970s, the
big party bosses usually chose their presidential candidates. Nowadays,
the people choose them through primaries and caucuses, thus taking this
power away from the parties.
Mass media. Parties were formally the only way in which candidates
could communicate with the electorate to.…read more