The spoils system

the theory or practice of regarding public offices and their emoluments as so much plunder to be distributed among their active partisans by those who are chosen to responsible offices of administration.

See also: Spoil

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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But critics say that the classification system is in place specifically to prevent special interests and the spoils system from controlling the state's executive branch.
There is a case for introducing here what the Americans call the spoils system. Just as the Constitution lays down the percentage of the parliamentarians who can become ministers, prime minister should have the right to directly appoint a certain percentage of civil servants attached to his office and some other ministries.
In Nepal, every step is poisonously affected by the spoils system at its worst, and hence the credentials of the appointees attract extended questions.
The example of the spoils system of appointments to the Civil Service in countries such as the USA should not apply to our conditions.
You can judge for yourself how staffing and running a foreign policy establishment through the spoils system is working out for our country now that our margin for error has been reduced by "the rise of the rest" since the end of the Cold War.
Pushback / Looking at the sweep of history, we have gone from a bad situation in early America where the spoils system of patronage gave the people high-cost, inefficient public services to the fairly good system of largely nonpartisan civil service, and now back to a new sort of spoils system controlled by the public employee unions.
"Our turn at the spoils system. Our turn to be just as venal as Democrats."
The Philippines adopted the practice from the spoils system in the United States, which has long abandoned it.
Strengths of the text include explanation of the spoils system and the glossing of patronage, militia, and annexation.
For all the attention Brown's case received, the systemic costs of the spoils system aren't commonly considered.
Batchelder and Alexander write that the use of "at-will" employment practices (1) have come full circle from the spoils system, through the merit-system, and are returning now to a modified political patronage system: managers should receive institutional incentives, encouragement, and support to develop and augment their personnel-related management techniques and strategies.