spoils system
noun Date: 1838 a practice of regarding public offices and their emoluments as plunder to be distributed to members of the victorious party

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  • Spoils-System —   [ spɔɪlzsɪstɪm; englisch »Beutesystem«], Bezeichnung für das in den USA seit dem 19. Jahrhundert bestehende, besonders von Präs. A. Jackson weiterentwickelte Gewohnheitsrecht, einträgliche Parteiämter oder staatliche Verwaltungspositionen mit… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Spoils-System — Spoils Sys|tem, auch Spoils|sys|tem [ spɔilzsistəm] das; <aus gleichbed. engl. spoils system, eigtl. »Beutesystem«, zu engl. spoil »Beute, Raub«, dies über altfr. espoille aus lat. spolia, vgl. ↑Spolien> (in den Vereinigten Staaten übliche) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • spoils system — spoils sy·stem loc.s.m.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} TS polit. metodo di appropriazione delle cariche e dei posti di potere da parte del partito risultato vincente in un confronto elettorale {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: 1997. ETIMO: ingl. spoils… …   Dizionario italiano

  • spoils system — ☆ spoils system n. the system or practice of regarding and treating appointive public offices as the booty of the successful party in an election, to be distributed, with their opportunities for profit, among party workers …   English World dictionary

  • spoils system — the system or practice in which public offices with their emoluments and advantages are at the disposal of the victorious party for its own purposes. [1830 40, Amer.] * * * or patronage system In U.S. politics, the practice by political parties… …   Universalium

  • Spoils system — Der Begriff Spoils System bezeichnet in der US amerikanischen Politik die informelle Praxis, dass der Gewinner einer Wahl seine Unterstützer mit Arbeitsstellen in der öffentlichen Verwaltung belohnt. Das spoils system ist auch ein Anreiz für die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Spoils system — In the politics of the United States, a spoils system is an informal practice where a political party, after winning an election, gives government jobs to its voters as a reward for working toward victory, and as an incentive to keep working for… …   Wikipedia

  • Spoils system — Système des dépouilles Le système des dépouilles (spoils system) repose sur le principe selon lequel un nouveau gouvernement doit pouvoir compter sur la loyauté partisane des fonctionnaires, et donc remplacer ceux qui sont en place par des… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • spoils system — spoils′ sys tem n. gov the practice in which nonelective public offices are filled with supporters of the victorious political party …   From formal English to slang

  • spoils system — noun the system of employing and promoting civil servants who are friends and supporters of the group in power • Ant: ↑merit system • Hypernyms: ↑system, ↑system of rules …   Useful english dictionary

  • spoils system — A system under which appointment to public office is a reward for political work, with resulting evils of inefficiency, extravagance, interruption of public business by office seekers, corruption of the electoral franchise, and political… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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