Politics, Relief, and Reform

Edited by John Joseph Wallis, Price V. Fishback and Shawn Kantor

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:
Politics, Relief, and Reform

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This chapter discusses the efforts of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt to control corruption and political manipulation. It describes the types of corruption involved with relief during the New Deal and presents a brief overview of the New Deal programs. This chapter traces how political influences shaped the administration of relief programs and documents how relief administered by the national government differed from relief administered by states. It concludes that the transformation of public relief in the United States occurred because of the political interests of President Roosevelt and his administration.

Keywords: corruption; political manipulation; Franklin D. Roosevelt; U.S.; New Deal; political influences; public relief; political interests

Chapter.  14258 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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