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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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This figure illustrates an interpretation of public management history as a gradual and logical transition from pre-bureaucratic spoils systems (box 1) to bureaucratic systems (box 2) to the NPM-inspired market model (box 3).
McCarthy effectively discusses Jackson's failings as a philanthropist, his catering to popular white racism, and his supporters' use of philanthropic institutions to finance state and city spoils systems. She neglects to censure sufficiently Franklin Pierce for "politics as usual" in his veto of the Asylum Bill of 1854.
Judges and fiscal appointees are confirmed by a supermajority of the Legislature, avoiding the cronyism and spoils systems of old.