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The Resource Corruption in America : from Benjamin Franklin's snuff box to Citizens United, Zephyr Teachout

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

Label
Corruption in America : from Benjamin Franklin's snuff box to Citizens United
Title
Corruption in America
Title remainder
from Benjamin Franklin's snuff box to Citizens United
Statement of responsibility
Zephyr Teachout
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"When Louis XVI presented Benjamin Franklin with a snuff box encrusted with diamonds and inset with the King's portrait, the gift troubled Americans: it threatened to "corrupt" Franklin by clouding his judgment or altering his attitude toward the French in subtle psychological ways. This broad understanding of political corruption--rooted in ideals of civic virtue--was a driving force at the Constitutional Convention. For two centuries the framers' ideas about corruption flourished in the courts, even in the absence of clear rules governing voters, civil officers, and elected officials. Should a law that was passed by a state legislature be overturned because half of its members were bribed? What kinds of lobbying activity were corrupt, and what kinds were legal? When does an implicit promise count as bribery? In the 1970s the U.S. Supreme Court began to narrow the definition of corruption, and the meaning has since changed dramatically. No case makes that clearer than Citizens United. 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. Justice Anthony Kennedy's majority opinion treated corruption as nothing more than explicit bribery, a narrow conception later echoed by Chief Justice Roberts in deciding McCutcheon v. FEC in 2014. With unlimited spending transforming American politics for the worse, warns Zephyr Teachout, Citizens United and McCutcheon were not just bad law but bad history. 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."--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
NDU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Teachout, Zephyr
Dewey number
364.1323
Index
index present
LC call number
JK2249
LC item number
.T43 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Political corruption
  • Judicial corruption
  • Political culture
  • United States
  • Judicial corruption
  • Political corruption
  • Political culture
  • Political ethics
  • United States
  • Judicial corruption
  • Political corruption
  • Political culture
  • Political ethics
Label
Corruption in America : from Benjamin Franklin's snuff box to Citizens United, Zephyr Teachout
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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 laws
Control code
ocn951917648
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Harvard University Press paperback edition.
Extent
viii, 376 pages
Isbn
9780674659988
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780674659988
  • (OCoLC)951917648
Label
Corruption in America : from Benjamin Franklin's snuff box to Citizens United, Zephyr Teachout
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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 laws
Control code
ocn951917648
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Harvard University Press paperback edition.
Extent
viii, 376 pages
Isbn
9780674659988
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780674659988
  • (OCoLC)951917648

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