City Government In The United States

Paperback | July 9, 2012

byFrank Johnson Goodnow

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...for even clerical and technical positions in the public service soon become political in character. While it is necessary in all governmental organizations to separate politics from administration, it is particularly necessary in the case of municipal government on account of the technical character of a large part of municipal administration. Positions in many branches of municipal activity must be filled by men with large technical knowledge if the work of the city is to be carried on advantageously, and our past experience, not only with regard to municipal administration, but also with regard to the national and state administrations, proves that if politics are allowed to influence in the appointment to such technical positions, they are not filled by competent men. Under the former charters of New York and Brooklyn, the mayor and executive officers exercised almost all municipal powers, both legislative and administrative, not assumed by the legislature of the State. The heads of departments in these cities ceased altogether to be permanent in tenure, and it was considered almost as a matter of political principle that 1 See Goodnow, ' Municipal Problems,' p. 221 et »eq. each incoming mayor should appoint new incumbents. Indeed, the charters of both cities made a special point of permitting each mayor to secure heads of departments who would represent the principles on which he himself was elected and stood, although he was given no continuing power of removal. This was probably necessary in order to make such a system of municipal government popular in character; but popular government was thus secured at the expense of the highest administrative efficiency. What was really done by such an arrangement was to create a municipal council...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...for even clerical and technical positions in the public service soon become political in character. While it is necessa...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217191967

ISBN - 13:9780217191968

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