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Document Type

Article

Media Type

Text

Abstract

Although the contention that American political parties have undergone fundamental changes in the past two decades has been intensely studied, one aspect of the transformation of parties has not received much attention. Since 1940 the legal role of parties as governmental institutions or their ad hoc constitutional status has been redirected by federal courts. This essay explores the nature of federal judicial interpretations of the role of parties in American governance. After an introduction to the function of parties in the governmental process, the demands for change in party status are described and the choices of judges in response to the demands are examined. In conclusion it is agreed that federal judges have not defined an integrated role for parties and have undercut the value of parties in organizing collective political demands by their decisions.

First Page

31

Last Page

70

Publication Date

11-1-1984

Department

Other

ISSN

0734-1490

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University Law Review

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Law Commons

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