- Hardcover: 716 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press; 11 edition (September 27, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0306820218
- ISBN-13: 978-0306820212
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 4.8 inches
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Sarah Corbin Robert was the daughter-in-law of the original author and the trustee of Robert's Rules of Order, Revised. She headed the authorship team that produced the most extensive general revision of the work. Henry M. Robert III is the grandson of General Henry M. Robert and has served as president of the Maryland Association of Parliamentarians and as parliamentarian for the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP). William J. Evans, a retired attorney, was president of NAP from 1979 to 1981 and has also served as its parliamentarian. Daniel H. Honemann is an attorney in Maryland and a past president of the Maryland Association of Parliamentarians. Thomas J. Balch is a lobbyist and legislative analyst based in Washington, DC, who also served as parliamentarian for NAP.
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General Henry M. Robert published the original "Robert's Rules" in 1875 and 1876 and, since the copyright on that edition (and the next few editions) has long since expired, there are numerous unofficial editions on the market. The third edition, published in 1893, is still marketed in paperback by more than one publisher as the "original" Robert's Rules. With the copyright expired, even the name "Robert's" has passed into the public domain, and many imitators have slapped the name "Robert's" on books of parliamentary procedure that bear minimal relation to General Robert's work (much as many dictionaries claim the name "Webster's" without any connection to Noah Webster or the Merriam-Webster brand that carries on his work). This book is the real Robert's, composed by an editorial board appointed by General Robert's heirs (including his descendant Henry III, an eminent parliamentarian in his own right). Now in its 11th edition, published in September 2011, this book "supersedes all previous editions and is intended automatically become the parliamentary authority in organizations whose bylaws prescribe 'Robert's Rules of Order' ... or the like, without specifying a particular edition."
The 11th edition, the first new edition in 11 years, incorporates various issues that the authors have addressed informally since the 10th edition was published in 2000. For example, the chapter on disciplinary procedures has been fleshed out so that it has become a practical rather than a theoretical guide, and new provisions have been added about electronic notice and about participation in meetings by phone or by internet connection. (There are still quite a few archaisms, though: the presiding officer is still referred to as "he," while the secretary is "he or she." And the arcane and archaic motion to "reconsider and enter on the minutes" is still around.) This edition is being released in conjunction with the new (2d) edition of the shorter and more user-friendly "Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised in Brief," an authoritative abridgment that will serve as an adequate alternative for users who don't need the full 669-page version.
Robert's is not necessarily the best parliamentary manual on the market: "Modern Parliamentary Procedure" by Ray Keesey is far more logical and user-friendly, and "The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure" by Alice Sturgis (commissioned by the American Institute of Parliamentarians as a contemporary alternative to Robert's) is more readable and more rooted in modern practice. But no other book has gained as much as a toehold in Robert's dominance in the market. If you are interested in parliamentary procedure, or figuring out how most organizations work in the 21st-century United States, this Robert's is indispensable.
Do not buy books that are a commentary, summary, "cliff notes," or "dummy" versions of Roberts Rules. Go to the source and this is it!
Get out a pen or highlighter as you read noteworthy sections for your meetings.
This is not boring and you can skim the less important sections relevant to your meetings.
My take away for Roberts Rules is not to know them to be the expert at meetings on parliamentary procedure or to know rules for the sake or rules, but on how to keep meetings moving and treat all participants with respect. Not a bad lesson for all of us!
Finally purchase the hardcover edition so you can pass this on to the presidents of your organizations.
The whole point of having a standard set of rules, which Gen. Robert appreciated from the start, is that the process of making decisions is quite similar no matter what the purpose of the organization. Knowing just a bit about Robert's Rules, you can move from one organization to another, even in different parts of the country, and be confident in participating in the decision-making of a group you have just joined.
Now, the full Rules are quite complex, and most of the details about precedence and priority will seldom if ever arise in a typical meeting. The complexity arises from situations that have come about, which have engendered a logical extension of the Rules into new provisions, and they are there if needed. In my decades of experience participating in a number of groups, I can't recall any time we had more than four motions pending -- let's say, a Main Motion, Amendment, Secondary Amendment, then a Point of Order.
In addition to explaining all the various motions, Robert's contains a wealth of information on running different kinds of meetings, conventions, boards, writing bylaws, agendas. minutes, running elections, duties of officers, on and on.
My only quibble, and the reason for not giving it five stars, is that the current edition does not reflect the recent expansion of interest in various election methods (Condorcet methods, Single Transferable Vote, etc.) which provide a better reflection of the will of an assembly than simple plurality voting. RONR 11 does spend a few pages on these issues, but for my purposes not quite enough. This may simply be my own interests, and not a valid criticism of the work itself, which is, again, invaluable and without peer.
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Con: Same size as the cheaper paperback edition, therefore the same smaller print.Read more