The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, 4th Edition
Revised by the American Institute of Parliamentarians.
Written by Alice Sturgis. Published by McGraw-Hill Inc., 2001.
|The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure has been
described as "Robert's rules of order without the deadwood". It's an apt
The term "Robert's rules of order" is commonly used today as a synonym for parliamentary procedure, meaning that a meeting will be conducted with some formality. However, many organizations ignore the burdensome provisions.
Alice Sturgis believed that confusing or unnecessary motions and terminology should be eliminated. Her goal was to make the process simpler, fairer, and easier to understand, and The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure did just that, preserving the traditional procedures, but making them more "user friendly".
"A copy of the 4th Edition of The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure should be passed to every new president along with the gavel." Sarah Ann Long, President American Library Association
"The timeless contribution of Sturgis concise presentation of the right way to conduct meetings for best results, while maintaining collegiality and efficiency, has guided many successful individuals and organizations..." John A. Knote, M.D. Speaker, House of Delegates American Medical Association
"Many of our newer, less experienced leaders were so intimidated by the complexity of Robert's Rules that they simply did not participate during our annual conventions. The Standard Code is a more common sense approach to parliamentary procedure, one that simplifies the movement of business on the floor while still maintaining order during heated of debates." Patricia Friend, International President Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO
"This new edition of the Standard Code is easy to read and understand. Some of the concepts in earlier editions have been refined and clarified, while retaining the basic system that has served democratic societies so well for so long." Loretta Simonson Former President National Association of Parliamentarians
"The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure presents a clear, logical approach to parliamentary procedure which can be applied in practice without the necessity of becoming enmeshed in detailed rules rarely if ever encountered in present-day meetings." Norman Horrocks, Ph.D. Parliamentarian Canadian Library Association
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