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The historical formation of modern nation-states, beginning with the absolute state and the deﬁnition of the national territories open to domestic trade, corresponds to the capitalist revolution—ﬁrst mercantile, then industrial—and to the balance of powers system that characterized international relations following the Westphalia treaties of the seventeenth century. Among the absolute monarchs, Louis XIV was probably the most representative. Absolutism triumphed under him. The modern state was there, but remained marked by all kinds of medieval institutions.
His election meant a major change in the American political system. The dual party system in force today originates from Jackson's reforms and political struggles. He attacked the old system in which the patrimonial bureaucracy occupied public ofﬁces as if they were private property, and inaugurated the ‘spoils system’, promoting patronage and limiting ofﬁce tenure, in order to strengthen political parties and to make bureaucracy more responsive to the president's and the politicians' public policies.
Yet their outcomes in terms of actual reform were limited. As Bernard Silberman (1993: 350) observes, ‘close analysis suggests that the report's signiﬁcance was overstated’. The central problem faced by the British public administration was patronage—more speciﬁcally, decentralized patronage, because since the beginning of the century the politicians had developed a patronage system according to which the decisions on who beneﬁted, although controlled by a central ofﬁce, were in fact taken by each individual Member of Parliament as long as the ‘patronage rights’ were local.
Democracy and Public Management Reform: Building the Republican State by Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira