- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press; Reprint edition (May 9, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674659988
- ISBN-13: 978-0674659988
- Product Dimensions: 3 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 97 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Zephyr Teachout is Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University.
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Anyone wanting to reflect on the current state of legislative gridlock at the national level, and maybe other levels, or the majority losing out to a minority view or group, needs to read this book and brood over it for awhile
What this book addresses affects us all and is worth the read.
The author's book is academic in its delivery but avoids burdening the work with unnecessary ostentatious words. However, the book is constructed in a manner where it's important for the reader to carefully follow along with her presentation. The law professor walks you through our country's history of dealing with corruption in public institutions. It focuses on both the federal and state actions. 'Corruption in America' also shows how there is no clear-cut definition of corruption. She posits questions in the cases reviewed that left me stumped as to a resolution. The book covers such issues as who influenced the Founding Fathers' thinking when creating the Constitution, the laws constant struggles in dealing with what defines bribery and extortion, the concerns of the judiciary usurping the legislative role, lobbying, the spoils system, when are campaign contributions corrupt, the conservative's law and economic movement, the commitment to civic virtue, and the moral versus legal perspectives in addressing corruption. Much of what is addressed in the book are not black-and-white issues. The book concludes with suggestions by Ms. Teachout on how to get back on track in preventing our country from devolving into a plutocracy. The two Appendix chapters (Anticorruption Constitutional Provisions, Major Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Anticorruption Laws) were also helpful.
'Corruption in America' is not a collection of stories about corruption. Ms. Teachout's work is about challenging the current conservative judges who view the First Amendment as the trump card in the Constitution. Our Founding Fathers were very concerned with corruption because of what they studied from history as well as what was occurring in England. Many Americans foolish believe our democracy is indestructible, that we are incapable of evolving into a society tailored strictly for the rich and elite because of corruption. 'Corruption in America' was published in 2014, before Trump became president. If the GOP 2017 Tax Bill rammed through the Congress and signed by President Foghorn Leghorn because of pressure by their rich contributors, despite an overwhelming objection by the public, is not a clear sign of corruption and plutocracy, then I'm the friggin' Queen of England. Ms. Teachout's book was interesting but somewhat dry in presentation.