Party Decline/Renewal

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Party Decline

  • Parties have lost control of presidential nomination
  • Lost the function of communicator as politicians communicate via media/TV
  • Split-ticket voting
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Party Renewal

  • Regained some control over presidential nomination with super delegates; Dem 20%
  • Uncontrolled 'soft money'
  • Nationalised election campaigns; Contract with America '94
  • Increased partisanship in Congress; Government shut down 
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