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Corruption and ReformLessons from America's Economic History$
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Edward L. Glaeser and Claudia Goldin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226299570

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226299594.001.0001

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The Concept of Systematic Corruption in American History

The Concept of Systematic Corruption in American History

(p.23) 1 The Concept of Systematic Corruption in American History
Corruption and Reform
John Joseph Wallis
University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes the concept of systematic corruption in the history of the U.S. It traces the evolution of the concept and definition of corruption as it developed in the philosophy of Aristotle, Polybius, Machiavelli, and Harrington, through to the eighteenth-century British Whigs. This chapter suggests that the most basic economic institution in a modern, thriving, developed economy developed as a solution to systematic corruption and as a solution to the political problem of preventing narrow political groups from obtaining uncontested control of governments.

Keywords:   systematic corruption, U.S., economic institution, political problem, control of governments, Aristotle, Polybius, Machiavelli, Harrington, British Whigs

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