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Soft Corruption: How Unethical Conduct Undermines Good Government and What To Do About It - Rivergate Regionals Collection (Hardback)
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Soft Corruption: How Unethical Conduct Undermines Good Government and What To Do About It - Rivergate Regionals Collection (Hardback)

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Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 28/02/2017
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A New Jersey official hires relatives as paid consultants for services that don't exist. State legislators and county freeholders hold more than one public office, collecting multiple salaries. These and other practices are forms of soft corruption, in other words, the tactics politicians use to unethically, but legally, manipulate government for their own benefit, undermining the public interest. Americans have come to accept politics as a bed of corruption-that's the way it has always been. Sadly, New Jersey has gained a reputation as a state where corruption is particularly prevalent at all levels of government.

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
ISBN: 9780813586175
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 531 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Soft corruption has never before been explored or documented so thoroughly and persuasively. Schluter unflinchingly names names and recounts details to bring soft corruption in New Jersey vividly and compellingly to life."

"A strong critique of corruption, which seeks to restore the promises of effective democracy.

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