HANDBOOK OF PRACTICAL POLITICS by Paul P. Van Riper

HANDBOOK OF PRACTICAL POLITICS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Exactly what the title indicates -- a handbook of practical politics, in relation to organization. This is in no sense a text book on political thinking. It is a systematic bringing together of the know-hows, effective techniques and procedures of organizations of citizens for political action. Divorce from the use of this term the connotations, and see it as a machinery at the local ""grass roots"" level. The text covers an immense amount of ground. Some of the suggestions duplicate -- but at different points. Some of the same techniques, for instance, are applied in different measure to the precinct and to the state convention. His central thesis is that the average citizen has not only a responsibility, but channels through which he can participate. He urges taking part in the caucus, -- first step to sharing in organization work. And he discusses our system, parliamentary procedure, getting an organization under way, handling, the candidates for office, using the tools of political salesmanship, building up to election day. A book that should be in the hands of all small groups informing themselves on their responsibilities as citizens, -- League of Women Voters, party organizations, and so on. Unfortunately the format, the crowded pages and small type predominating, makes forbidding reading.

Pub Date: May 26th, 1952
Publisher: Holt