Soft Corruption: How Unethical Conduct Undermines Good Government and What To Do About It - Rivergate Regionals Collection (Hardback)William Schluter (author)
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New Jersey politician William E. Schluter addresses five areas of soft corruption: campaign financing, lobbying, conflict of interest, patronage, and the electoral process. Soft corruption in campaign financing is the most pervasive component. Schluter explores how agencies and campaign committees utilize underhanded but legal techniques like "wheeling" to get around donation caps and "pay to play" to veil what is essentially bribery. New Jersey is among the worst states in terms of financial soft corruption. With even local officials enormously beholden to campaign contributors, consideration of what is best for the public is a distant afterthought.
Throughout the book, we see the serious consequences of soft corruption, such as higher cost of government and reduced public faith in its operations. With impressive detail, Schluter concludes by outlining a platform for reform in New Jersey.
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 531 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
"A strong critique of corruption, which seeks to restore the promises of effective democracy.