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Against the profit motive : the salary revolution in American government, 1780-1940

Author: Nicholas R Parrillo
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2014.
Series: Yale Law Library series in legal history and reference.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In America today, a public official's lawful income consists of a salary. But until a century ago, the law frequently authorized officials to make money on a profit-seeking basis. Prosecutors won a fee for each defendatn convicted. Tax collectors received a cut of each evasion incovered. Naval officers took a reward for each ship sunk. The list goes on. This book documents the American government's 'for profit'  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas R Parrillo
ISBN: 9780300187304 0300187300
OCLC Number: 916522139
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white).
Contents: The old regime : lawful bargaining for public services --
Bargaining outlawed --
A regulatory nightmare : salaries as a remedy for corrupt exchange and official lucre --
A government capable of saying "no" : salaries as a reaction against customer service --
State and local taxation : the tax ferrets --
Federal taxation : the moiety men --
Criminal prosecution : cash for convictions --
Incarceration : jailors' fees and penitentiary profits --
Naval warfare : prize money and blood money --
Epilogue : American state-building and the critique of bureaucracy.
Series Title: Yale Law Library series in legal history and reference.
Responsibility: Nicholas R. Parrillo.

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In America today, a public official's lawful income consists of a salary. But until a century ago, the law frequently authorized officials to make money on a profit-seeking basis. Prosecutors won a  Read more...

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