Democracy Reformed: Richard Spencer Childs And His Fight For Better Government by Bernard HirschhornDemocracy Reformed: Richard Spencer Childs And His Fight For Better Government by Bernard Hirschhorn

Democracy Reformed: Richard Spencer Childs And His Fight For Better Government

byBernard Hirschhorn

Hardcover | July 1, 1997

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This biography, the first of Richard Spencer Childs, begins in the Progressive Era when Childs initiated and pursued two fertile ideas: the short ballot doctrine and the council-manager plan. Childs understood that the simplification of the task of the voter was a question pressing for solution and that the council-manager plan would transform municipal government. This comprehensive work discusses other aspects of Childs' broad reform agenda. His proposals included: county government reform; reform in state government administration; unicameral state legislatures; reapportionment of state legislatures; selection of judges by appointment; replacement of elective county coroners with appointed professional medical examiners; democratization of state political parties; and reform of the Presidential nominating system. Based on Childs' papers and personal interviews with Childs, this biography advances scholarship on the Progressive Era and contributes to the historiographical debate on the nature of reform.
Title:Democracy Reformed: Richard Spencer Childs And His Fight For Better GovernmentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:July 1, 1997Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313301441

ISBN - 13:9780313301445

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?Bernard Hirschhorn has built a splendid biography that combines the personal side of a dedicated man with his substantive achievements in making local government direct, accessible, and understandable. The text clearly distinguishes and explains the complementary components of the ideal city. The discussion of proportional representation for example, is the best, most concise explaination I have seen. The author has captured the interlocking elements of civic reform in ways that help us conceptualize changes.?-Public Management