Civil Service Versus Political Patronage on the County Government Level
Gardner, Fredric H.
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A reform movement calling for a form of merit system for making office appointments began in the late ninteenth century. This reform affected the federal government much more than it did government on the state and local levels. The reform eventually resulted in a Civil Service System. This reform movement will be reviewed as an introduction to a discussion of civil service and spoils on the county government level. Two counties, Allegany County in Maryland, and Tuscarawas County in Ohio, will be used as sample counties in an effort to reach some conclusion as to the effectiveness of each respective system of personnel choice. These two particular counties were chosen for their geographic and economic similarities (see Appendix).If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.