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Corruption in America : from Benjamin Franklin's snuff box to Citizens United / Zephyr Teachout.

Teachout, Zephyr. (Author).

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Ohio Twp PL - Bell Road Library 364.1323 TEACHOUT (Text) 39206021038490 NonFiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780674050402 (alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0674050401 (alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: viii, 376 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2014.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-358) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Four snuff boxes and a horse -- Changing the frame -- Removing temptations -- Yazoo -- Is bribery without a remedy? -- Railroad ties -- The forgotten law of lobbying -- The gilded age -- Two kinds of sticks -- The jury decides -- Operation Gemstone -- A West Virginia state of mind -- Citizens United -- The new snuff boxes -- Facts in exile, complacency, and disdain -- The anticorruption principle conclusion -- Appendix 1: Anticorruption constitutional provisions -- Appendix 2: Major nineteenth- and twentieth-century anticorruption law.
Summary, etc.: In 1785, Louis XVI presented Benjamin Franklin with a snuff box encrusted with diamonds and inset with the King's portrait. Americans believed it threatened to "corrupt" Franklin by altering his attitude toward the French in subtle psychological ways. In 2010, one of the most consequential Court decisions in American political history gave wealthy corporations the right to spend unlimited money to influence elections. With unlimited spending transforming American politics for the worse, warns Teachout, if the American experiment in self-government is to have a future, then we must revive the traditional meaning of corruption and embrace an old ideal.
Subject: Political corruption > United States > History.
Judicial corruption > United States > History.
Political culture > United States.
United States > Politics and government > Moral and ethical aspects.

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