The World: Assessing the New Rules

THE rules of the Democratic Party reform are complex, but the aim is simple: to reduce back-room manipulation by bosses, broaden grass-roots participation and produce delegations at the Miami convention next July that more adequately represent women, blacks and the young —and the preferences of the voters.

The most effective of the 18 new guidelines has to do with the selection of delegates at the local level in states that do not hold primaries. It stipulates that at least 75% of them be elected in open caucuses at the precinct, congressional district or other...

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