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Confronting CorruptionPast Concerns, Present Challenges, and Future Strategies$
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Fritz Heimann and Mark Pieth

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190458331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190458331.001.0001

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The United States

The United States

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Campaign Financing

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(p.69) 6 The United States
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Confronting Corruption
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Fritz Heimann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190458331.003.0006

Corruption has been a persistent issue in American history. This chapter begins with a discussion of the colonial period, in which gifts from the British Crown played an important role, so that corruption was debated heavily when the US Constitution was being enacted. The chapter then moves further forward in history to discuss the Yazoo land rights controversy, and the role of bribery and other corruption in construction of the Panama Canal. It ends with the Watergate scandal, enactment of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and involvement with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the Citizens United case.

Keywords:   FCPA, Panama Canal, Watergate, OECD, Yazoo, US Constitution

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