spoils system


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to spoils system: Rotation in office

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)
References in periodicals archive ?
The Jacksonian spoils system was precisely the catalyst so essential to the establishment of a Civil Service.
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.
(a former budget secretary who executed the 'spoils system' during his term under Arroyo), project themselves as champions of fiscal responsibility and equity and good governance when it comes to the allocation of budget resources.
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.
His work also uncovers the political machines and the "spoils system" so prevalent in American politics during much of the nineteenth century.
By weaponizing the immigration issue, Trump has convinced his supporters that they could lose their country to people with vastly different identities and tribal loyalties, owing to what he portrays as a kind of ethno-racial spoils system. In doing so, he has marshaled those who oppose immigration behind the banner of their own group identity.
By weaponising the immigration issue, Trump has convinced his supporters that they could lose their country to people with vastly different identities and tribal loyalties, owing to what he portrays as a kind of ethno-racial spoils system. In doing so, he has marshalled those who oppose immigration behind the banner of their own group identity.
Such undemocratic spoils system at its worst proves to be autocracy on the rampage, negating the principle of equality of opportunity.
The example of the spoils system of appointments to the Civil Service in countries such as the USA should not apply to our conditions.
Paul Chambers, a lecturer at Naresuan University in Thailand, said the drastic increase in the size of the committee had affirmed its position as a 'receptacle in a pyramidal spoils system'.
He presided over civil service reform, signing into law and actively enforcing legislation to do away with the "spoils system" that used to dole out major political offices as juicy rewards.