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Do the candidates matter? A theory of agency in American presidential nominations

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This thesis develops a candidate-centred conception of American presidential nominations. Candidates' choices in nomination politics remain under-theorised. The literature on nominations has tended either to downplay the role of candidates' independent influence or to suggest that the impact of their choices is too idiosyncratic to theorize about. I reject both of these positions; and instead develop the basic elements of a theory in which candidates are the principal agents of change in n...

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Deakin University
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Type of award:
DPhil
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Doctoral
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University of Oxford

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