The Source: What's In A Platform?

Jul 1, 2014

Last month's Texas republican party platform aimed to rouse the base, inspiring action. Blowback inside and outside the party of endorsing reparative therapy for homosexuals and the party's abandoning a guest worker program had party leaders walking back the importance of the document.  As the democrats wrapped up their own convention this weekend, we want to know how important these conventions and platforms really are. 


  • Walt Wilson, Professor of political science at the University of Texas San Antonio
  • Cal Jillson, Professor of political science at Southern Methodist University