Undercurrents In American Politics; Comprising The Ford Lectures, Delivered At Oxford University…

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byArthur Twining Hadley

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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. 1915. Excerpt: ... it is too soon to say how far those that have tried it are satisfied with it, or how widely their example is likely to be followed. The plan is still in the experimental stage. Regarding the success of all these more thoroughgoing plans for curbing the power of professional politicians, we may say what Ostrogorski, that acute and careful Russian student of American politics, says concerning the direct primary: "Neither the sanguine hopes of the reformers nor the fears of the bosses have been entirely justified.... Frauds are not prevented by the new system. Many bad candidates are defeated who would be nominated in convention, but the haphazard vote of the multitude rejects good men against whom a convention would not dare to come out." And after an enumeration of minor evils, all the more significant because of Ostrogorski's sympathy with progressive views and methods, he adds: "These unsatisfactory results of the direct primary cannot be considered as accidental." Why these means have failed to realize the hopes of their advocaWppftli»--what more fundamental reforms in practice and in thought are necessary to make government by the people effective, are questions which I shall discuss in the concluding lecture. VI THE SEAT OF POWEE TODAY When party government was at its height the leaders of the organization had a decisive influence on the nomination of candidates and the passage of laws. Public opinion counted for comparatively little, except as an indirect deterrent of mistakes that might lose elections. The measures which I have described in the last lecture--the initiative, the referendum, the direct primary--were efforts to make organization count for less and public opinion for more. Why have they disappointed the hopes of their advocates? Ch...

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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. 1915. Excerpt: ... it is too soon to say how far those that have tried it are satisfied with it, or how widely their example is likely to be foll...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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