Regime Change and Corruption

Edited by Werner Troesken

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:
Regime Change and Corruption

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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

Chapter.  10471 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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