This volume is a study of the orchestration of cordial
concurrence at the quadrennial nominating conventions of the two
major political parties. The phrase cordial concurrence pertains to
a party's endorsement of a candidate at the national convention
whose nomination occurred elsewhere. Since the candidate is the
product of primaries and caucuses, the convention's primary
function involves not the nomination of the party standard-bearer,
but the mobilization of party resources in support of a decision
rendered elsewhere. Smith and Nimmo oppose the view that national
political conventions serve no major purpose and are relics from
the past. Instead, they explain that the conventions are products
of institutional coordination and reflect the institutional
qualities of American democracy.
This definitive analysis examines how political party
conventions mobilize resources through political, governmental, and
media institutions in a telepolitical era. This volume discusses
the history and background of cordial concurrence. It then explores
what happens at the conventions and how the media, especially
television coverage, has affected this institution. Finally, the
authors examine the comments of the critics of national political
conventions. This intriguing work will provide both educators and
professionals interested in political communication with new
insight as to how the conventions are a microcosm of all that is
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