On Corruption in America

From the titans of America's Gilded Age (Carnegie, Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, et al.) to the collapse of the stock market in 1929, the Great Depression and FDR's New Deal; from Joe Kennedy's years of banking, bootlegging, machine politics, ...

Author: Sarah Chayes

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 0525654860

Category: Political Science

Page: 432

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From the prizewinning journalist, internationally recognized expert on corruption in government networks throughout the world, author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security ("I can't imagine a more important book for our time,"--Sebastian Junger; "Required reading,"--Tom Friedman; "compelling, fascinating . . . a call to action,"--The Huffington Post), a major, unflinching book that looks homeward to America, exploring the insidious, dangerous networks of corruption of our past, present, and precarious future. Now, bringing to bear all of her knowledge, grasp, sense of history and observation, Sarah Chayes writes in her new book, that the United States is showing signs similar to some of the most corrupt countries in the world. Corruption, as Chayes sees it, is an operating system of sophisticated networks in which government officials, key private-sector interests, and out-and-out criminals interweave. Their main objective: not to serve the public but to maximize returns for network members. From the titans of America's Gilded Age (Carnegie, Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, et al.) to the collapse of the stock market in 1929, the Great Depression and FDR's New Deal; from Joe Kennedy's years of banking, bootlegging, machine politics, and pursuit of infinite wealth, as well as the Kennedy presidency, to the deregulation of the Reagan Revolution, undermining the middle class and the unions; from the Clinton policies of political favors and personal enrichment to Trump's hydra-headed network of corruption, systematically undoing the Constitution and our laws, Chayes shows how corrupt systems are organized, how they enforce the rules so their crimes are covered legally, how they are overlooked and downplayed--shrugged off with a roll of the eyes--by the richer and better educated, how they become an overt principle determining the shape of our government, affecting all levels of society.

Political Corruption in America

Author: George Charles Sumner Benson

Publisher: Lexington, Mass. ; Toronto : Lexington Books

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Category: Political corruption

Page: 339

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Political Corruption in America

Explores the people, crimes, investigations, and court cases behind 200 years of American political scandals.

Author: Mark Grossman

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Category: Political corruption

Page: 738

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Explores the people, crimes, investigations, and court cases behind 200 years of American political scandals.

Corruption in America

By contrast, in 2010 the Supreme Court gave corporations the right to spend unlimited money to influence elections. Zephyr Teachout shows that Citizens United was both bad law and bad history.

Author: Zephyr Teachout

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674050401

Category: History

Page: 376

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When Louis XVI gave Ben Franklin a diamond-encrusted snuffbox, the gift troubled Americans: it threatened to corrupt him by clouding his judgment. By contrast, in 2010 the Supreme Court gave corporations the right to spend unlimited money to influence elections. Zephyr Teachout shows that Citizens United was both bad law and bad history.

Everybody Knows

In this blistering book, Sarah Chayes shows that today's corruption - even the venality of the Trump administration - is part of global history, going back to the invention of money itself.

Author: Sarah Chayes

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1787385086

Category: Political Science

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America is corrupted, and everybody knows it. Vested interests have bent government powers to serve themselves, not the citizens, with dizzying results - egregious Supreme Court rulings, revolving doors and cozy deals between the state and the private sector, and forty years of financial meltdowns. In this blistering book, Sarah Chayes shows that today's corruption - even the venality of the Trump administration - is part of global history, going back to the invention of money itself. We're not dealing with 'bad apples' lining individual pockets, but the widespread standard practice of sophisticated networks spanning political and national boundaries. But we can change this, individually, collectively and politically. Searching and unflinching, Everybody Knows exposes a rigged system that strangles democracy, calling on readers everywhere to challenge it.

Corruption Democracy in Latin America

A comparative analysis of the corruption of politics and democracy in Latin America focusing on Peru, Chile, Brazil, and Mexico.

Author: Charles H. Blake

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre

ISBN: 0822973553

Category: Political Science

Page: 262

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A comparative analysis of the corruption of politics and democracy in Latin America focusing on Peru, Chile, Brazil, and Mexico.

Battling Corruption in America s Public Schools

Drawing on ten years of undercover work and research in four major school districts, Segal reveals how systemic waste and fraud siphon millions of dollars from urban classrooms.

Author: Lydia G. Segal

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674017542

Category: Education

Page: 257

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Drawing on ten years of undercover work and research in four major school districts, Segal reveals how systemic waste and fraud siphon millions of dollars from urban classrooms. Calling for renewed powers for principals and a streamlining of oversight, she offers a bold, far-reaching plan to reclaim our schools.

The Corruption of Ethos in Fortress America

The Corruption of Ethos in Fortress America Billionaires, Bureaucrats, and Body
Slams Christopher Carter LEXINGTON BOOKS Lanham • Boulder • New York •
London Published by Lexington Books An imprint of The Rowman & The ...

Author: Christopher Carter

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498590470

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 234

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The Corruption of Ethos in Fortress America: Billionaires, Bureaucrats, and Body Slams argues that authoritarian strains of U.S. governance violate the idea of ethos in its ancient, collectivist sense. Christopher Carter posits that this corrupts the cultural “dwelling place” through public relations strategies, policies on race and immigration, and a general disregard for environmental concerns. Donald Trump’s presidency provides a signal instance of the problem, refashioning the dwelling place as a fortress while promoting sweeping forms of exclusion and appealing to power for power’s sake. Carter’s analysis shows that, emboldened by the purported flexibility of truth, Trump’s authoritarian rhetoric underwrites unrestrained policing, militarized borders, populist nationalism, and relentless assaults on investigative journalism. These trends bode ill for human rights and critical education as well as progressive social movements and the forms of life they entail. Worse yet, the corruption of ethos threatens life in general by privileging corporate prerogatives over ecological attunement. In response to those tendencies, Carter highlights modes of activism that merge antiracist and labor rhetoric to offer a more fluid, unpredictably emergent vision of social space, allying with ecofeminism in ways that make that vision durable. Scholars of rhetoric, political science, history, ecology, race studies, and American studies will find this book particularly useful.

Corruption Politics in Latin America

This text provides a comparative look at corruption within Latin America.

Author: Stephen D. Morris

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Pub

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Category: Political Science

Page: 287

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This text provides a comparative look at corruption within Latin America. Through case study topics, the levels of corruption, how democratic rule is affected, how it contributes to poverty and inequality, and the level of citizen reaction are all discussed. The authors also seek to provide the basic tools needed to understand this emerging subfield and to incorporate a basic knowledge of corruption into a broader understanding of Lain American politics.

Corruption and American Politics

The former is individual wrongdoing. An officeholder on the take, a legislator who sells his vote, would be examples of "bad apples." Systemic corruption encompasses a broader sphere. Instead of bad apples, here you have a "bad system.

Author: Michael A. Genovese

Publisher: Cambria Press

ISBN: 1621969525

Category: Political Science

Page: 389

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From the days of Athenian democracy to the back rooms of Chicago politics today, corruption has plagued all political systems for all time. It is ubiquitous, vexing, and at times, threatens the very fabric of society. No culture, no system of government, no code of ethics has been able to eliminate political corruption. While the United States generally ranks comparatively low in measures of political corruption (Transparency International rates the U.S. as the 18th "least" corrupt nation in the world, with Denmark at number one, New Zealand, second, and Sweden third, the U.K. 16, France 23, Spain 28, Israel 33, South Korea 40, Italy 55, Cuba 65, with Somalia last at 180), yet it too continues to confront the sting of political corruption. For something to count as political corruption in the United States, it must have a public impact, be a part of some violation of public trust. As such, another useful distinction can be drawn between individual corruption and systemic corruption. The former is individual wrongdoing. An officeholder on the take, a legislator who sells his vote, would be examples of "bad apples." Systemic corruption encompasses a broader sphere. Instead of bad apples, here you have a "bad system." The undermining of democratic legitimacy or equality might be considered examples of systemic corruption, as might campaign financing practices. Such corruption runs deeper than mere individual transgression. Corruption is embedded into the day-to-day operation of the system. In focusing on the individual, we often overlook the systemic. It is easier, and in the short run, more gratifying to catch, punish, and condemn an individual like Governor Blagojevich. Yet what of the systemic forces that led the governor to behave in such a manner? Is there undue systemic pressure to accumulate money, so much so that the system pushes politicians "over the edge"? A politician need not "sell" offices to enter into a Faustian bargain. It may be perfectly legal to collect campaign contributions, yet it may also have a corrosive or corrupting effect on the integrity of the democratic process. With so many issues of corruption swirling around in the current American political climate, it is timely that there is new scholarship that casts much-needed light on these systemic forces. The brilliant discussions by a stellar list of distinguished scholars, led by Michael A. Genovese and Victoria A. Farrar-Meyers, in the insightful edited volume, Corruption and American Politics, delivers the best and most up-to-date thinking by some of the finest political minds in the nation. This will be an essential resource for all collections in political science and American studies.

Faction and Corruption in America

Author: Cala Marie Boddie

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Page: 102

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Dirty Little Secrets

An in-depth analysis of American political corruption reveals how politicians are manipulating, evading, and breaking the law to stay in power; explains how money affects elections; and describes the rise to power of Newt Gingrich and the ...

Author: Larry Sabato

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9780812924992

Category: Social Science

Page: 430

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An in-depth analysis of American political corruption reveals how politicians are manipulating, evading, and breaking the law to stay in power; explains how money affects elections; and describes the rise to power of Newt Gingrich and the activities of GOPAC and the Christian Coalition. 50,000 first printing. Tour.

Political Corruption and Public Policy in America

This analysis of political corruption and public policy in America considers such issues as the costs and benefits of political corruption, the causes of corruption, and the consequences of a corruption-free political system.

Author: Michael Johnston

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ISBN: 9780818504594

Category: Political corruption

Page: 199

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This analysis of political corruption and public policy in America considers such issues as the costs and benefits of political corruption, the causes of corruption, and the consequences of a corruption-free political system. J.S. Nye's definition of corruption is used for the discussion: 'behavior which deviates from the formal duties of a public role (elective or appointive) because of private-regarding (personal, close family, private clique) wealth or status gains: or violates rules against the exercise of certain types of private-regarding influence.' Three general perspectives for understanding corruption are considered: (1) personalistic approaches, which deal with the kinds of people who hold positions of public trust; (2) an institutional view, which finds the causes of corruption in flaws or unrecognized biases in laws and institutions; and (3) a systemic perspective, which suggests that corruption grows from basic relationships between government and society. The development of the systemic view suggests that corruption is a form of influence that depends on the successful mobilization of political resources. Case studies of machine politics, police corruption, and Watergate are presented, followed by a case study that shows the difficulties of reform to counter corruption. An analysis of the broad social and political consequences of corruption considers both the costs and benefits of corruption. The concluding chapter offers a few reform strategies and policy proposals, tempered by a comment on the necessity of a realistic perspective of corruption in a democratic society. A selected bibliography has 61 listings, and a subject index is provided. Illustrative tabular information and footnotes accompany each chapter.

The Crime Society

Author: Francis A. J. Ianni

Publisher: Plume Books

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Category: Crime

Page: 379

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Business America

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. ground-breaking. legal. tool. but. an. important. political ... Only a few years ago,
corruption was a taboo subject in Latin America. But during the last two years, ...

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Includes articles on international business opportunities.

Corruption and American Cities

A closer look at the available executive, legislative, and judicial actions,
processes, procedures, and ordinances, reveal that America's cities have a
wealth of classic and contemporary practices on preventing and combatting
corruption to ...

Author: Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 147666577X

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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"This is an outstanding compilation of data addressing government corruption. A must read for anyone wishing to hold their local government accountable."—Edward Hazel, Prosecutor "If you care about good governance, you need to read this examination of one of its most difficult issues."—James Nordin, Treasurer, City of Rio Vista, California "An essential resource for practitioners and academics committed to curbing corruption and promoting ethical governance."—Donald C. Menzel, Past President, American Society for Public Administration "This is a remarkable collection of stories and analyses of corruption and anti-corruption attempts in the United States...America leads the world in anti-corruption legislation but it lags in enforcement. This volume underscores the challenges and opportunities facing reformers on the look-out for the public good."—Emil Bolongaita, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University "The book touches upon a very sensitive issue to Americans—public integrity! America was already tormented before by a ‘Spoils System’ of government and the book does a fine job of highlighting similar ethical issues and providing inspiring anti-corruption practices."—Lt. Carlos Sanchez, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office "Very interesting and timely book, with a unique mix of analysis and relevant case studies...demonstrates the problem of corruption and mismanagement from an angle not always analyzed in the literature in such lucid terms."—Gambhir Bhatta, Technical Advisor (Governance), Asian Development Bank “This is an important work. Shinning a light on corruption in America is essential for the health of our democracy.”—Ruth S. Astle, Administrative Law Judge (retired), State of California. Corruption is a chronic public concern affecting America's cities. Greed, ethical lapses and lack of accountability have drained untold millions in tax dollars. Corrupt practices range from embezzlement, graft, bribery, kickbacks, extortion, nepotism and patronage to the misuse of funds, vehicles, equipment, supplies and other public resources. Court proceedings to investigate and prosecute perpetrators add to the cost. Media exposes have magnified the spectacle of abusive and unethical government. This book investigates the reasons behind corruption and imparts guidelines for better accountability.

Diagnosis Corruption

Author: Rafael Di Tella

Publisher: IDB

ISBN: 9781931003117

Category: Corruption

Page: 226

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Corruption in Corporate America

How did this happen? How did the system respond? What can be done to prevent it in the future? Corruption in Corporate America seeks to answer these questions.

Author: Abraham Leo Gitlow

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761831976

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 175

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Modern capitalism and political freedom rest on concepts of conscience and morality, and abhor concentrations of unbridled power. America's economic and political system has developed mechanisms designed to check and balance such power. Despite these mechanisms, there are chief executives who abuse their power in a fraudulent and self-serving pursuit of wealth and authority. How did this happen? How did the system respond? What can be done to prevent it in the future? Corruption in Corporate America seeks to answer these questions. The analysis is supported by a look ahead at the prospective results of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the law intended as a corrective response to corporate corruption.

Corruption and Reform

Contributors to this volume address the measurement and consequences of fraud and corruption and the forces that ultimately led to their decline within the United States.

Author: Edward L. Glaeser

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226299597

Category: History

Page: 396

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Despite recent corporate scandals, the United States is among the world’s least corrupt nations. But in the nineteenth century, the degree of fraud and corruption in America approached that of today’s most corrupt developing nations, as municipal governments and robber barons alike found new ways to steal from taxpayers and swindle investors. In Corruption and Reform, contributors explore this shadowy period of United States history in search of better methods to fight corruption worldwide today. Contributors to this volume address the measurement and consequences of fraud and corruption and the forces that ultimately led to their decline within the United States. They show that various approaches to reducing corruption have met with success, such as deregulation, particularly “free banking,” in the 1830s. In the 1930s, corruption was kept in check when new federal bureaucracies replaced local administrations in doling out relief. Another deterrent to corruption was the independent press, which kept a watchful eye over government and business. These and other facets of American history analyzed in this volume make it indispensable as background for anyone interested in corruption today.

Corruption in the American Political System

Author: Larry L. Berg

Publisher: Morristown, N.J. : General Learning Press

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Category: Political corruption

Page: 215

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