Nominating U.S. Presidential Candidates: A Dysfunctional Non-System

The United States is governed by a powerful president elected under archaic rules that violate democratic norms. But it’s not just the November election that is deficient: the way presidential candidates are nominated is also problematic. Due to state and Federal laws that discriminate against new and small parties, the Presidential nomination process of the Democratic and Republican parties is an essential part of the process — effectively the only way to get elected. In 2016 Donald Trump took advantage of the openness to outsiders to take…