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8 - Legal Corruption in the United States of America

from Part II - Three Case Studies

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 February 2024

Lucio Picci
Affiliation:
University of Bologna
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Summary

This chapter discusses corruption in the United States. In recent decades, as a narrow view of corruption has taken hold, the United States has experienced a significant increase in economic inequality and a decrease in social mobility. Despite the growing public discourse on economic inequality, concerns about the viability of a democratic system in the face of extreme economic inequalities have a long history. In recent years, corruption has been frequently invoked to describe the state of American politics, with business corporations and their ultra-wealthy owners indicated as possible culprits. In the United States, the notion of corporations having a corrupting effect dates back to the early days of the Republic, when it was feared that corporate charters could be granted by state legislatures as rewards for favors or bribes. This chapter’s main conclusion is that while illegal forms of corruption may be uncommon in the United States, its legal variants are widespread, and is further discussed in Chapter 9.

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Rethinking Corruption
Reasons Behind the Failure of Anti-Corruption Efforts
, pp. 139 - 168
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2024

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