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... addition to better organization, political machines had the capacity to more efficiently satisfy the three broad themes of democratic accountability, delivery of goods and services as well as maintaining civil harmony, in successful governance. Political machines relied heavily on increased representation of every constituent. The political machine fulfilled “the important social function of humanizing and personalizing all manner of assistance to those in need” and did not “regard the electorate as a vague, undifferentiated mass of voters” (Merton 103). It can be argued that the fulfillment of demands were petty in nature and did not in reality do much to mobilize a disadvantaged population but nevertheless it still gave a voice to a group of constituents who were not influential in any other way besides having the leveraging power by comprising an electoral base.
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