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Machine Politics. Poli 213; Fall 2006. Overview. Formal Structure of the Machine Rise of the Machines Demise of the Machines. Formal Structure. Formal Structure. Neighborhood level (400-500 people). Formal Structure. Responsibilities : Insure vote for boss leaders

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machine politics

Machine Politics

Poli 213; Fall 2006

overview
Overview
  • Formal Structure of the Machine
  • Rise of the Machines
  • Demise of the Machines
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Formal Structure

Neighborhood level (400-500 people)

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Formal Structure

Responsibilities: Insure vote for boss leaders

Get the “right” slate of delegates elected

Precinct Captains

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Formal Structure
  • Resources: Connections to higher ups allow for:
        • jobs
        • help with city government
        • “material” benefits (food, beer)

Precinct Captains

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Formal Structure

Alderman

Alderman

Alderman

Precinct Captains

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Formal Structure

City divided into different “wards” with each ward electing representative (i.e., “Alderman” or “Councilman,” or “ward boss”)

Alderman

Alderman

Alderman

Precinct Captains

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Formal Structure
  • Responsibilities:
      • maintain connections between government and business community (both licit and illicit)
      • represent/connect neighborhood to government

Alderman

Alderman

Alderman

Precinct Captains

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Formal Structure

Mayor or Party Boss

Alderman

Alderman

Alderman

Precinct Captains

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Formal Structure
  • Responsibilities of Machine Boss/Mayor
    • Coordinate coalition of ward bosses and precincts captains to maintain power/control of city government
    • Link the precinct/ward to other political players (i.e., state and national officials, business leaders [legal and illegal]
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Other

Governments

Illicit

Businesses

Industry &

Commerce

Boss

Ward Bosses

Precinct Captains

Voters