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Podcast: Political parties and the Constitution

July 14, 2016 by NCC Staff


DNC 2008 (credit: Wikimedia Commons)
DNC 2008 (credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Producer’s Note: This episode is the first part of a three-part series on political parties and the Constitution. Listen to Part II and Part III.

Later this month, the Republican Party will gather in Cleveland, Ohio, to hold its national convention and confirm its presumptive presidential nominee, businessman Donald Trump. Just days later, the Democratic Party will gather in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—home of the National Constitution Center—for its own convention, welcoming its nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

What do the parties stand for? And what is at stake in the 2016 election? First, one must go back to the Founding, to the text of the Constitution, and to American history, to understand the role of parties in the American constitutional system.

James Ceaser is Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia and a member of the Center’s Coalition of Freedom Advisory Board.Luis Fuentes-Rohwer is Professor of Law and Harry T. Ice Faculty Fellow at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.Download this episode (right click and save)

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