Against the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940 (Yale Law Library Series in Legal History and Reference)

Against the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940 (Yale Law Library Series in Legal History and Reference)

By: Nicholas R. Parrillo (author)Hardback

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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 provided for officials to make money on a profit-seeking basis. Prosecutors won a fee for each defendant convicted. Tax collectors received a percentage of each evasion uncovered. Naval officers took a reward for each ship sunk. Numerous other officers were likewise paid for "performance." This book is the first to document the American government's for-profit past, to discover how profit-seeking defined officialdom's relationship to the citizenry, and to explain how lawmakers--by ultimately banishing the profit motive in favor of the salary--transformed that relationship forever.

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About Author

Nicholas R. Parrillo is associate professor of law at Yale University.

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/11/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780300176582
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 576
  • ID: 9780300176582
  • weight: 953
  • ISBN10: 0300176589

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