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Against the Profit Motive : The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940, Hardback Book

Against the Profit Motive : The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940 Hardback

Part of the Yale Law Library Series in Legal History and Reference series

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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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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 584 pages, 3 b-w illus.
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Public administration
  • ISBN: 9780300176582

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