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
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 584 pages, 3 b-w illus.
- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Publication Date: 01/11/2013
- Category: Public administration
- ISBN: 9780300176582
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