Baird, Charles W., "The Hatch Act and Inflation."

States' Current Rules: Little Hatch Acts

Chart 1: Civil Service Employees and Running for Office

Chart 2: Civil Service Employees and Other Political Activities

Chart 3: A Breakdown of the Other Political Activities

The Hatch Act and Inflation.
Baird, Charles W. Volume 1, Number 4.

The article, "The Hatch Act and Inflation," by Charles Baird takes an original look at the relationships between government finance and spending, federal employees, and the nation's economy. Should the Hatch Act, which has already survived numerous legal and political (legislative) challenges, be repealed, Baird says, the implications would reach beyond merely affecting federal sector employment policy but would influence the nation's economy and fiscal policies

The Hatch Act: Should It Be Repealed or Reformed?
Webster, John and Kasle, Jeffrey. Volume 9, Number 1.

Examines the efficacy of the 1939 Hatch Act's prohibition on government workers' involvement in partisan political activities. The act had originally been passed to protect federal workers from coercion by their superiors and to insure a politically neutral civil service. The issue came to the fore again last October when U.S. Representative William Clay (D-MO) introduced a bill, H.R. 3400, that would allow federal workers to run for office as well as work on political campaigns. Thus, once again the question of whether to repeal or reform the act has been raised. The authors argue that, whereas the original conditions and reasons which prompted passage of the act have not changed over the last fifty years, there is little reason for repealing it. On the contrary, they maintain that its aegis should be broadened to incorporate the activities of public sector unions.

New Federal Employee Union Political Activism: Freedom or Coercion?
Smith, B. Volume 4, Number 2.

Baker Smith, former Assistant Secretary for Labor Relations at the Department of Housing and Urban Development offers his insight into new federal employee union political activism.