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Self-policing in politics : the political economy of reputational controls on politicians

Author: Glenn R Parker
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Just as businesses' poor behavior can cause brand names to be tarnished, prices to plummet, and future business to disappear, dishonest politicians stand to sacrifice the human capital invested in their careers, and premiums for honesty, such as electoral security and prestigious post-elective employment. Parker explores public attitudes toward the behavior of members of Congress and shows how those attitudes shape  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Glenn R Parker
ISBN: 069111739X 9780691117393
OCLC Number: 52334923
Description: x, 180 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: What is opportunism and how do we control it? --
How reputations control cheating in economics and politics --
Problems in the market for legislators --
Hypotheses, measurement, and data --
Constraining opportunism through self-policing --
Reputational capital and job security; or, If trustworthy legislators are at a premium, are they paid one? --
Weaknesses in reputational controls.
Responsibility: Glenn R. Parker.
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Contrary to what news reports might suggest, the majority of politicians behave ethically and are never subject to investigations. This title argues that members of Congress behave ethnically not  Read more...

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"A number of important issues ... are carefully explored in this rich and important analysis."--Gary W. Copeland, Perspectives on Politics

 
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