Pinstripe Patronage: Political Favoritism from the Clubhouse to the White House and Beyond

1st Edition

Martin Tolchin, Susan J. Tolchin

Routledge
Published September 30, 2010
Textbook - 288 Pages
ISBN 9781594515927 - CAT# Y222976

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Summary

Political patronage - awarding discretionary favors in exchange for political support - is alive and well in 21st century America. This book examines the little understood patronage system, showing how it is used by 'pinstripe' elites to subvert the democratic process. 'Pinstripe patronage' thrives on the billions of dollars distributed by government for the privatisation of public services. Martin and Susan Tolchin introduce us to government grants specified for the use of an individual, corporation, or community and 'hybrid agencies', with high salaries for top executives and board members. In return for this corporate welfare pinstipe partons giving politicians the ever-increasing funds needed to conduct their political campaigns. As budget cuts begin to bite, the authors argue that it is time to clamp down on the corrupt practice of pinstripe patronage.

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