The Governance of Hawaii: A Study of Territorial Administration

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CHAPTER VI
PARTIES AND ELECTIONS

Political parties. --There is a very great difference between the laws of a government and the life of a government. If we would see more than the gaunt skeletons of institutions we must often wander far from the cloistered quietude of the library. We must get acquainted with people, discover what they want of their government, how they act to obtain what they want, why they elect this man to public office and reject that one, and whose advice they follow. We call this pursuit the study of politics. And it would seem logical at this point to examine the methods whereby the people of Hawaii try to make their influence felt, before we go on to speak in detail of the various agencies of governmental control.

Politics is the life of a government. Politics in Hawaii finds expression in the activities of the Democratic and the Republican parties. Of these, the latter has long been the dominant group. Republicans have had an absolute majority in both houses of the legislature during every session but the first. From 1902 to 1922 the delegate to Congress was a Republican, and another member of that party was elected in 1926. In June 1926 the Republicans in county elective offices outnumbered the Democrats by eight to one.

The nucleus of the Republican party has always been the sugar planters. It was this group which furnished much of the impetus to the revolution. They favored annexation to the United States because, among other reasons, they desired to sell their product in the tariff- protected market of the United States. Naturally they

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Table of contents

  • Stanford Books in World Politics ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Table of Contents xv
  • 1- Chapter I the Islands of Hawaii 1
  • Bibliography 14
  • Chapter II- An Independent Nation 16
  • Bibliography 28
  • Chapter III- Hawaii and the Union 29
  • Bibliography 51
  • Chapter IV- The Plan of Government 53
  • Bibliography 63
  • Chapter V- Races and the Government 64
  • Bibliography 81
  • Chapter VI- Parties and Elections 82
  • Bibliography 94
  • Chapter VII- The Legislature 95
  • Bibliography 106
  • Chapter VIII- The Executive Branch 107
  • Bibliography 121
  • Chapter IX- Health and Welfare 122
  • Bibliography 131
  • Chapter X- Education 132
  • Bibliography 146
  • Chapter XI- Public Lands and Public Works 147
  • Bibliography 154
  • Chapter XII- Conservation, Agriculture, and Business 155
  • Bibliography 163
  • Chapter XIII- Finance 165
  • Bibliography 176
  • Chapter XIV- Law and Legal Administration 177
  • Bibliography 186
  • Chapter XV- Honolulu General Government 187
  • Bibliography 193
  • Bibliography 202
  • Chapter XVII- County Government 203
  • Bibliography 210
  • Chapter XVIII- Federal Government in Hawaii 211
  • Bibliography 217
  • Chapter XIX- An Appraisal 218
  • Bibliography 227
  • Appendix A- Hawaiian Pronunciation 229
  • Appendix B 231
  • Appendix C 232
  • Appendix D 235
  • Chapter Iii. the Executive 250
  • Index 273
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