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The reform of public life in modern Britain, 1750–1950
Editors: Ian Cawood and Tom Crook

The many lives of corruption begins the task of piecing together the bigger picture of how corruption has undermined public life in modern Britain. It offers a uniquely expansive perspective, which stretches from the Old Corruption and ‘unreformed’ politics of the eighteenth century through to the mass democracy and welfare state of the twentieth.

Conceptually, as an object of thought, as much as practicably, and as an object of reform, corruption has proved tenaciously problematic and protean. This volume engages with both of these crucial aspects, arguing that it is only by grasping them together that we can fully understand how corruption has shaped the making of a democratic-capitalist state in Britain and given rise to new ideals of public service. It examines the factors that have facilitated and frustrated anticorruption reforms, as well as the various ways ‘corruption’ has been conceived by historical agents. It does so across a range of different sites – electoral, political and administrative, domestic and colonial – presenting new research on neglected areas of reform, while revisiting well-known scandals and corrupt practices. The many lives of corruption is essential reading for all scholars interested in understanding how the pursuit of purity in British public life has evolved over the past two and a half centuries – and why corruption remains such a pressing issue today.

Malcolm Crook

Nonetheless, it seems France suffered the least from electoral bribery, certainly when compared to Britain, which seems to have suffered the most. Writing in 1898, the acute British observer of French political culture John Bodley described it as only a ‘mild’ issue across the Channel, perhaps because constituencies were larger. 20 It was, however, by no means entirely absent. The democratic Third Republic

in The many lives of corruption
David Thackeray

’s Club and Institute Union (London, 1912), pp. 218–20. 19 Ibid., pp. 217–20. 20 For the role of beer in corrupt electioneering during the Victorian period, and the isolated survival of electoral bribery into the Edwardian period, see Kathryn Rix, ‘“The elimination of corrupt practices in British elections”? Reassessing the impact of the 1883 Corrupt Practices Act’, English Historical Review, 123 (2008), 65–97 at 67–8, 88–9. 21 Ernest Morrison-Bell MSS, 2128, leaflet letter from Dorothy Buxton, 22 December 1909. 22 Free Trade Union, Photographic Reproductions

in Conservatism for the democratic age
Tragedy and the Risorgimento in Byron and Manzoni
Arnold Anthony Schmidt

candidate for Westminster in the 1819 Parliamentary election.37 Upon learning of ‘Hobby-​O’s’ imprisonment in Newgate for a political pamphlet he had written, Byron sent his lifelong friend a cruel satiric squib. Hobhouse’s positions, however, turned out more moderate than Byron feared, having precedents at least as early as John Wilkes’ 1771 Bill of Rights manifesto, which demanded electoral reform, elimination of electoral bribery and closer supervision of public monies.38 Still, condemning Hobhouse for running as a radical, Byron wrote, ‘I am and have been for reform

in Byron and Italy
Carey Fleiner

Elections: Some Ancient Roman “Also-Rans”’, Transactions of the American Philosophical Society , 81.4 (1991): i–vi, 1–64; A. Lintott, ‘Electoral Bribery in the Roman Republic’, The Journal of Roman Studies , 80 (1990): 1–16, or Jeffery Beneker, The Passionate Statesman: Erōs and Politics in Plutarch’s Lives (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012). For law, order, and crime, see David Johnson, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Roman Law (Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, 2015), and Andrew M. Riggsby, Roman Law and the Legal World of the Romans (Cambridge

in A writer’s guide to Ancient Rome
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Home, identity and post-Customs lives
Catherine Ladds

wanted and no one was aggrieved’. 24 The identification of dishonesty as an intrinsic and serious problem of Chinese officialdom, then, said as much about political changes in the West as about corruption in China. In Britain the prevalence of ‘old corruption’ in the form of over-taxation, electoral bribery and political patronage had come under attack from many quarters in the period 1780–1830, leading

in Empire careers
Locality, brotherhood and the nature of tolerance
Tony Kushner

do not know that. Q. He goes to church? Yes, he goes to church occasionally. 68 Ultimately the proceedings returned to the detail of whether a signature on a document making clear electoral bribery was that of Abraham Abraham or a forgery. His integrity as an individual was thus critical to the case and, as part of the process, his Jewishness was raised throughout almost arbitrarily. Another witness, a Radical councillor and nonconformist, Joseph Lankester, 69 raised this issue

in Anglo-Jewry since 1066
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Corruption and the reform of public life in modern Britain
Ian Cawood and Tom Crook

under limited suffrage on the more narrow grounds that it undermined the procedural fairness of elections. Still in the interwar period we find a complex mix of perspectives: as Liam Ryan’s chapter here argues, though direct cash bribery was now widely censured, Conservatives drew on long-standing degenerative understandings to argue that Labour poor law guardians were indulging in electoralbribery

in The many lives of corruption
Matthew Roberts

supplied Cobbett with the means to charge his opponents with callousness, inappropriate or misdirected displays of feeling. Above all, his affective politics constituted a fundamental challenge to those who surrendered right feeling for a price, whether in the form of access to the spoils of corruption at Westminster, the proceeds of electoral bribery, or, in the case of Malthus, a stipend and access to the

in Democratic Passions