The Historical Roots of Corruption: Mass Education, Economic Inequality, and State Capacity


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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Eric M. Uslaner is Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also Senior Research Fellow at the Center for American Law and Political Science, Southwest University of Political Science and Law, Chongqing, China and Honorary Professor of Political Science at Aarhus University, Denmark. He is the founding editor of the Sage University Papers on Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Politics, American Politics Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly and the Journal of Trust Research. Professor Uslaner is author or editor of twelve books, including Corruption, Inequality, and the Rule of Law (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and The Moral Foundations of Trust (Cambridge University Press, 2002). He received his PhD from Indiana University.


'In advancing his pioneering writing on corruption, Eric M. Uslaner shows how legacies matter, especially the bequests of education. Combining a comparative historical analysis of schooling at all levels in the late nineteenth century with an appraisal of today's levels of corruption, his innovative book elegantly identifies state and market mechanisms that connect then to now, and pinpoints pathways out of historical traps.' Ira I. Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University
'Eric M. Uslaner's account of corruption belongs to the most thoughtful in theory, the most convincing in eloquence and the most conclusive in terms of the breadth and depth of its empirical evidence. Excelling on so many different levels in the key domain of 'good governance' is a unique achievement.' Christian Welzel, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany