Democracy Reformed: Richard Spencer Childs and His Fight for Better Government

Sampul Depan
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997 - 233 halaman

This biography, the first of Richard Spencer Childs, begins in the Progressive Era when Childs initiated and pursued two fertile ideas: the short ballot doctrine and the council-manager plan. Childs understood that the simplification of the task of the voter was a question pressing for solution and that the council-manager plan would transform municipal government. This comprehensive work discusses other aspects of Childs' broad reform agenda. His proposals included: county government reform; reform in state government administration; unicameral state legislatures; reapportionment of state legislatures; selection of judges by appointment; replacement of elective county coroners with appointed professional medical examiners; democratization of state political parties; and reform of the Presidential nominating system. Based on Childs' papers and personal interviews with Childs, this biography advances scholarship on the Progressive Era and contributes to the historiographical debate on the nature of reform.

 

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Civic Engagement
1
The Ballot Game
27
Prescription for Democracy
41
The Politics of Short Ballot Reform 19101920
53
We Learn to Manage Cities 19121933
63
The New Profession of City Manager 19141937
81
Exploring the Dark Continent American Counties 19121930
91
Reform The New York Experience 19341977
105
Childss Play Civic Battlefront Revisited 19471977
131
Best States for a Murder 19471977
149
Inside Political Parties 19521977
167
Loss and Remembrance
189
Epilogue
201
Bibliographical Essay
211
Index
223
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BERNARD HIRSCHHORN is a historian who is currently writing articles and book reviews on American subjects. He has held positions of Adjunct Professor of History at Bernard Baruch College of the City University of New York, high school social studies teacher at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens, and Chairman of the Department of Social Studies at Fiorello H. La Guardia High School in Manhattan.

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