spoils system


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spoils system

(spoilz)
n.
The postelection practice of rewarding loyal supporters of the winning candidates and party with appointive public offices.

spoils system

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) chiefly US the practice of filling appointive public offices with friends and supporters of the ruling political party. Compare merit system

spoils′ sys`tem


n.
the practice in which nonelective public offices are filled with supporters of the victorious political party.

spoils system

The practice engaged in by a newly-elected government of rewarding its supporters with appointments to government office.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
Translations

spoils system

n (US Pol) → Ämterpatronage f, → Filzokratie f (inf)
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So, instead of ruing, why not to institutionalize the practice as have the Americans done under their spoils system.
Largely rooted out of the American political atmosphere in the 19th and 20th centuries, the spoils system rewarded a party's supporters with government jobs if its candidate won an election.
The impact of the state's spoils system goes beyond the hiring and promotion of less-than-ideal candidates; one must ask what better qualified candidates with clean records were passed over for the position Ms.
In his valedictory address to civil servants in April, which this newspaper accessed, Mr Chatterji had advised civil servants to shape up to the modern era and avoid treating their service as being part of some sort of a spoils system.
Analyst Terry Lynn Karl says: "In the manner of a petro-state, rent seeking had become the central organizing principle of the [country's] political and economic life, and the ossified political institutions in existence operated primarily to perpetuate an entrenched spoils system.
The whole discussion of merits (qualifications, knowledge, competences) versus spoils system (the use of kinship, political party membership, money, bribe, acquaintances) in employment within the bureaucracy has been supported by substantial research.
This antiquated international spoils system is a leftover of the post-World War II order, in which the victorious powers divided the leading positions in the world economic institutions among themselves.
The idea is to open up political space to tribes and clans that have been left out of the existing spoils system.
The secretaries who focused on budgetary matters at best restrained spending in peacetime but failed to systemically alter the spoils system used by the services in the wake of the intense budget battle between the Navy and the Air Force in 1948.
Barack Obama's nomination of a soi disant "wise Latina woman" to the Supreme Court looked for a moment as if it might prompt a national debate on the racial spoils system euphemistically known as "affirmative action.
The spoils system in US government exemplified such characteristics.