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National Party Conventions:
Formal Functions Informal Functions
Choosing the party's presidential candidate: Promoting party unity:
Conventions have lost this function in the modern Most important function of all
day because most delegates arrive at the Internal part wounds need to be healed before the
convention as `committed delegates', and so…

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avoided at conventions to prevent media
portrayal of a divided party.

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A very useful, clear and concise outline of the functions of the national party conventions held by the two principle parties in the years of presidential elections. Students might wish to add the knowledge here to case studies of the process of campaigning for the parties' presidential nominations.

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