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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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Regime Change and Corruption

Regime Change and Corruption

A History of Public Utility Regulation

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Corruption and Reform
Werner Troesken
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the history of public utility regulation in the U.S. focusing on regime change and corruption. It suggests that the move to public ownership in the early twentieth century and the move away from public ownership seventy-five years later were both associated with gains in service quality. This chapter also discusses Mancur Olson's view that change in any direction reduces corruption because of the ossification that all bureaucracies incur after some time.

Keywords:   public utility regulation, U.S., regime change, corruption, public ownership, service quality, Mancur Olson, bureaucracies

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