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When Women Rule and Parties Unite (or Not)

Jonathan Bernstein's morning links.

1. Karen Beckwith and Diana Z. O'Brien at the Monkey Cage on Theresa May and when women become heads of government. Hillary Clinton’s nomination seems like an exception to their thesis; I wish they had addressed it a bit more. Of course the U.S. is very different when it comes to nominating party leaders.

2. Also at the Monkey Cage: Erik Voeten on the South China Sea ruling.

3. Vox’s Jeff Stein looks at how party platforms matter. See especially what Jennifer Victor and Ryan Enos say: The platforms tend to reflect what the parties are, which in turn reflects what they will do if given the chance.

4. My View colleague Megan McArdle on party unity -- and lack of party unity.

5. David Drucker at the Washington Examiner on how Dump Trump efforts may be more visible than the Donald Trump campaign would like at the convention, even if they don’t win.

6. And a really nice survey of women in presidential and convention politics from the Huffington Post's Amanda Terkel and Christine Conetta.

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