The Atlantic Monthly Volume 65

The Atlantic Monthly Volume 65

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ... indulge in corrupt election practices disappears. The American doctrine of the relation of the oflice-holder to the body politic was set forth (albeit little to the im1nediate purpose) by President Cleveland in an executive order issued July 14, 1886. In it he said: --"Individual interest and activity in political aifairs are by no means condemned. Olfice-holders are neither disfranchised nor forbidden the exercise of political privileges, but their privileges are not enlarged, nor is their duty to party increased to pernicious activity, by ofiice-holding. A just discrimination in this regard between the things a citizen may properly do and the purposes for which a. public ofiice should not be used is easy, in the light of a correct appreciation of the relation between the people and those entrusted with official place, and the consideration of the necessity, under our form of government, of political action free from oflicial coercion." VI. U "Is a competitive examination the best or any test for ofiicial competency or efficiency? May not a man be eminently competent for oificial preferment, and not at all competent for a competitive examination?" ' The system of competitive examination may not be perfectly adapted to ascertaining the comparative fitness of candidates for place; but it is the best that has been suggested, and it is infinitely better than a system in which fitness is not considered at all. It accomplishes, within the sphere to which it has been limited, the chief object of civil service reform, namely, the removal of the ministerial ofiices from the domain of partisan politics. It tends also to increase the efficiency and to decrease the cost of the civil service, --an important more

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  • Paperback | 552 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 28mm | 975g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236901797
  • 9781236901798