If I were given a top government job in for example the United States, I would most likely never give my friends, family and/or supporters a hook up with a job concerning the government hierarchy. For something like a General, a Chief Justice, Vice President, etc, that's a real big deal. One reason why is because they are not qualified. You would have to go through years learning politics in extended education and have personal experience somewhere in the United States politics in order to even be considered a candidate for such roles like a Chief Justice in the Supreme Court. You can see these kinds of circumstances in the spoils system once used in John Adams' run for presidency. Another reason why I wouldn't give my loved ones a spot in the office is because what about the people who HAVE taken place in the United States' government? It would make no sense if I were to give my sister with 0 experience to become a Vice President compared to someone else who has worked hard to get to where they are in the government such as John McCain, Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton, etc. This would in result unleash negative feedback to the people that feel they deserve that job regarding to years and years of education and participation in the government, compared to my sister who has no clue in what to do let alone run the country, court decisions, military actions, etc. This would dull the government's "impact" on the world because I would give someone with no qualification in such placement to basically run a branch of the country.
If I were to hold a powerful government position, I would not necessarily give my supporters whether they be family, friend, or voter the direct "hook up" with a job, depending on the magnitude of said job. If it were a job that required a lot of administrative work and responsibility, I would reserve it for those that have the experience in that field, as an inexperienced individual would affect much more people. However, If it were a less demanding job that I had a say in, I would push for my relative/supporter to have that job- regardless of the qualifications, as long as they have the experience. 80% of jobs now are obtained by networking according to ABC News, so this isn't something new or necessarily bad. This goes for the same if a relative/supporter were to have experience compared to a stranger who has the same experience. Of course I would prefer my supporter just based off of the fact that I know them and I know how dependable they can be working for me.
I agree but wonder if you were in charge of appointing people,as James said, with jobs not quite as important but still working under your cabinet would you feel obligated to hire friends or family or those who voted for you. For instance I remember when John Edwards was running for President and have his mistress a job as the camera crew that would follow and record his campaign--knowing that was Democratic Party campaign funds and he hooked her up with that job--although who am I to say--she may have been qualified.
Ramona Taylor-Kadirihistory blogger and teacher