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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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Limiting the Reach of the Grabbing Hand

Limiting the Reach of the Grabbing Hand

Graft and Growth in American Cities, 1880 to 1930

(p.63) 2 Limiting the Reach of the Grabbing Hand
Corruption and Reform
Rebecca Menes
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the history of graft and corruption and the growth of American cities from 1880 to 1930 using information on the number of corrupt mayors and municipal administrations. It discusses evidence for corruption in American cities over time and across the nation and shows that corruption did indeed peak between 1880 and 1930. This chapter compares the conditions in American cities with prevalent corruption and analyzes the causes and consequences of corruption. It also discusses two important democratic responses to corruption: political machines and political reform.

Keywords:   graft and corruption, American cities, corrupt mayors, municipal administrators, political machines, political reform

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