Corruption and reform: lessons from America's economic history

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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. InCorruption 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.
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table_of_contents Corruption and reform : introduction / Edward L. Glaeser and Claudia Goldin -- The concept of systematic corruption in American history / John Joseph Wallis -- Limiting the reach of the grabbing hand : graft and growth in American cities, 1880 to 1930 / Rebecca Menes -- Digging the dirt at public expense : governance in the building of the Erie Canal and other public works / Stanley L. Engerman and Kenneth L. Sokoloff -- Corporate governance and the plight of minority shareholders in the United States before the Great Depression / Naomi R. Lamoreaux and Jean-Laurent Rosenthal -- Water, water everywhere : municipal finance and water supply in American cities / David Cutler and Grant Miller -- The rise of the fourth estate : how newspapers became informative and why it mattered / Matthew Gentzkow, Edward L. Glaeser, and Claudia Goldin -- Bank chartering and political corruption in antebellum New York : free banking as reform / Howard Bodenhorn -- Regime change and corruption : a history of public utility regulation / Werner Troesken -- The irony of reform : did large employers subvert workplace safety reform, 1869 to 1930? / Price V. Fishback -- The determinants of progressive era reform : the Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906 / Marc T. Law and Gary D. Libecap -- Politics, relief, and reform : Roosevelt's efforts to control corruption and political manipulation during the New Deal / John Joseph Wallis, Price V. Fishback, and Shawn Kantor.
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title Corruption and reform lessons from America's economic history
title_display Corruption and reform lessons from America's economic history
title_full Corruption and reform [electronic resource] : lessons from America's economic history / edited by Edward L. Glaeser and Claudia Goldin
title_short Corruption and reform
title_sort corruption and reform lessons from america's economic history
title_sub lessons from America's economic history