Every four years, members of the Democratic and Republican Parties in the United States meet in order to nominate their parties' candidates for president, as well as to adopt a statement of party principles and goals known as the platform. And while 19th century conventions were often heated affairs at which presidential candidates were selected through intensive negotiations and multiple votes, the growth of the primary system has made today's events have become little more than media spectacles.
To learn more about party conventions, try the following resources:
- 2012 Democratic National Convention (Official Site)
- 2012 Republican National Convention (Official Site)
- Do Party Conventions Matter Anymore? (New York Times)
- How Political Conventions Work (How Stuff Works)
- Origins of the Convention Process (PBS - NewsHour)
- The Top 10 Political Conventions That Mattered the Most (Smithsonian Magazine)