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Published on Oct 19, 2012
On October 15, Bruce Cain (Straus Fellow, NYU School of Law; Professor of Political Science, and Director Designate of the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University) presented on "Corruption Confusion: A Black Hole in the Election Law Universe" as part of the Straus Public Lectures Series.
Corruption confusion--the conflation of material corruption and democratic distortion--is pervasive in American political reform discussions and underlies the institutional corruption critique of US politics. In fact, the appropriate uses of material motives and distorting inequalities are contested issues of democratic design complicated by the permeability of the US public sector to private interests. The lecture drew on recent empirical research about the Congressional Revolving Door to illustrate these points.