Party Principles and Practical Politics

Party Principles and Practical Politics

Party Principles and Practical Politics

Party Principles and Practical Politics

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In writing on the subject of party principles and practical politics, I have attempted to state in a concise way the issues that have divided the major parties since colonial days and to present the practical aspects of political operation, for the use of college students pursuing a course in party government and for the information of those actively engaged in politics who wish to acquire a somewhat historical background. The history of parties may be somewhat fragmentary; yet, I have included more material on this subject than is to be found in most of the other available texts. A more complete history of parties in this country may be secured from texts dedicated entirely to that purpose and to political and constitutional histories. In the treatment of other chapters I have perhaps not maintained an appropriate balance, but I have sought to give more space to subjects where discussion of propriety of policy may be stimulated.

For information on proportional representation and for many suggestions concerning it, which I have incorporated in the manuscript, I am indebted to Dr. George H. Hallett Jr., executive secretary of the Proportional Representation League. Mr. Judson King, Director of the Popular Government League, placed information at my disposal from which I wrote largely the material pertaining to the initiative and referendum. Mr. Henry W. Marsh, Secretary of the National Civil Service Reform Association, kindly criticised my pages concerning the civil service. Mr. Williamson and Mr. Gillespie of the Supreme Court Library were patient and obliging at all times when I was compiling information concerning corrupt practices. Representative Finis J. Garrett of Tennessee furnished me with the rules of the Democratic House Caucus. Mr. Henry G. Adams of the law division of the department of state of New York very kindly placed at my disposal statements of expenditures of political committees in New York, and Mr. George M. Neffnet, statistician and editor . . .

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