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Corbin Duncan studies Government and History at Harvard University and formerly worked as a political advisor in Australia. He tweets @DuncanCorbin.
Changing the primary system will be difficult. But the parties should try it.
Dispensing with smoke-filled rooms and party bosses in favour of open primaries certainly sounds more democratic. But, both in the US and other democracies, there are unintended consequences.
US politicians spend more time on the campaign trail than in any comparable nation, and open primaries are a big reason why. But it hasn’t always been like this.