is a lack of affiliation with, and a lack of bias toward, a political party
While an Oxford English Dictionary definition of partisan
includes adherents of a party, cause, person, etc.,
in most cases, nonpartisan refers specifically to political party connections rather than being the strict antonym
In the Philippines
, barangay elections
(elections for positions in the barangay
or village) are nonpartisan. The certificates of candidacies, which the candidates sign under oath, say that they are not a member of any political party.
The nonpartisanism of barangay elections have been challenged lately, though, as some candidates are members of political parties.
and Sangguniang Kabataan
(SK, youth councils) chairmen in a municipality or city elect among themselves their representative to the local legislature. In deadlocked or hung legislatures, votes from the nominally nonpartisan representatives of barangay captains and SK chairmen hold the balance of power
Historian Sean Wilentz
argues that from the days of George Washington's farewell address, to Senator Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic national convention in 2004, politicians have called upon Americans to move beyond parties. Wilentz calls this the post-partisan style, and argues that "the antiparty current is by definition antidemocratic, as political parties have been the only reliable electoral vehicles for advancing the ideas and interests of ordinary voters".
However, nonpartisan elections are quite common at the local level, primarily in an effort to keep national issues from being mixed up with local issues.
Although elections may be officially nonpartisan, in some elections (usually involving larger cities or counties, as well as the Nebraska unicameral) the party affiliations of candidates are generally known, most commonly by the groups endorsing a particular candidate (e.g., a candidate endorsed by a labor union would be generally affiliated with the Democratic Party, while a candidate endorsed by a business coalition would be generally affiliated with the Republican Party).
Churches and other 501(c)(3) organizations
Churches and charities in the United States are mainly formed under US Internal Revenue Service
tax code 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization regulations. To maintain that tax-exempt
status, and the ability for donors to take a tax deduction, they are required to remain nonpartisan.
This has caused some to question the ability of organizations that have the appearance of partisanship.
The Brookings Institution
is a Washington, D.C. think tank
non-profit, nonpartisan organization. Since its founding in 1916, it has had both identifiable Republicans and Democrats among its leadership. Owing to leadership changes such as this, some argue that it is a good example of a nonpartisan organization. The New York Times
has at times listed the organization as being liberal
, liberal-centrist, centrist
, and conservative
In 2008, The New York Times
published an article where it referred to the "conservative Brookings Institution".
In the history of Milwaukee
, the "Nonpartisans" were an unofficial but widely recognized coalition of Republicans
who cooperated in an effort to keep Milwaukee's Sewer Socialists
out of as many offices as possible, including in elections which were officially non-partisan, but in which Socialists and "Nonpartisans" were clearly identified in the press.
(Such candidates were sometimes called "fusion" candidates.
) This lasted from the 1910s
well into the 1940s. (The similar effort in 1888 to prevent Herman Kroeger
's election as a Union Labor
candidate had been conducted under the banner of a temporary "Citizen's Party" label.
) During the period of Socialist-Progressive
cooperation (1935-1941), the two sides were called "Progressives" and "Nonpartisans".
- ^ The Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines nonpartisan as: Not partisan; free from party affiliation, bias, or designation. "Webster: Nonpartisan". Retrieved 2009-08-13.
- ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd. ed, partisan
- ^ Cambridge Dictionary - nonpartisan
- ^ Macmillan Dictionary - nonpartisan
- ^ American Heritage Dictionary - nonpartisan
Collins English Dictionary - nonpartisan
Websters College Dictionary - nonpartisan
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- ^ Nalzaro, Bobby (2018-04-08). "Barangay and SK elections are partisan". Sunstar. Retrieved 2020-08-09.
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- ^ Sean Wilentz (2016). The Politicians and the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics. W. W. Norton. p. 45. ISBN 9780393285017.
- ^ Steffen Schmidt (2007). American Government and Politics Today - Texas Edition, 2007-2008. Cengage Learning. p. 850. ISBN 978-0495392026.
- ^ Eyes wide shut: The ambiguous "political activity" prohibition and its effects on 501(c)(3) organizations, Houston Business and Tax Journal, by Amelia Elacqua, 2008, pages 118, 119 and 141, referenced February 16, 2012
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- ^ Marshall A. Robinson, 83, Former Foundation Chief, Dies by Wolfgang Saxon, New York Times, January 13, 2006
- ^ "School Board Returns Even: Both Nonpartisans and Socialists Pick Five Candidates Each" Milwaukee Journal March 18, 1931; p. 1, col. 7
- ^ "Fusion In Many Districts; Old Parties Unite On Legislative Candidates" Milwaukee Journal November 1, 1918; p. 9, col. 2
- ^ Avella, Steven M. Milwaukee Catholicism: Essays on Church and Community Milwaukee: Milwaukee Knights of Columbus, 1991; pp. 43-44
- ^ Wells, Robert W. This Is Milwaukee New York: Doubleday, 1970; p. 169
- ^ Cibulka, James G. and Olson, Frederick I. "The Organization of the Milwaukee Public School System" in Seeds of Crisis: Public Schooling in Milwaukee since 1920 Rury, John L. and Cassell, Frank A., eds. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1993; p. 104
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