This article will discuss the scope and nature of constitutional protection to be afforded political party autonomy by the first and fourteenth amendments. The purpose of the present discussion is to review both legal and political sides of this question. Once this is done it will become clear that a party right to protected autonomy during the candidate selection process is not only founded upon solid constitutional ground but is also in keeping with sound political wisdom.
Gary L. Scott and Craig L. Carr, Political Parties Before the Bar: The Controversy Over Associational Rights, 5 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 267 (1982).