Limiting the Reach of the Grabbing Hand

Edited by Rebecca Menes

in Corruption and Reform

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780226299570
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226299594 | DOI:
Limiting the Reach of the Grabbing Hand

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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

Chapter.  14025 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic History

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