spoils system(redirected from To the victor go the spoils)
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The postelection practice of rewarding loyal supporters of the winning candidates and party with appointive public offices.
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) chiefly US the practice of filling appointive public offices with friends and supporters of the ruling political party. Compare merit system
the practice in which nonelective public offices are filled with supporters of the victorious political party.
The practice engaged in by a newly-elected government of rewarding its supporters with appointments to government office.
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|Noun||1.||spoils system - the system of employing and promoting civil servants who are friends and supporters of the group in power|
system of rules, system - a complex of methods or rules governing behavior; "they have to operate under a system they oppose"; "that language has a complex system for indicating gender"
merit system - the system of employing and promoting civil servants on the basis of ability
n (US Pol) → Ämterpatronage f, → Filzokratie f (inf)