Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality by Thomas J. Gradel, Dick Simpson

By Thomas J. Gradel, Dick Simpson

Public cash spent on jets and horses. Shoeboxes full of embezzled funds. Ghost payrolls and incarcerated ex-governors. Illinois' tradition of "Where's mine?" and the general public apathy it engenders has made our kingdom and native politics a disgrace.

In Corrupt Illinois, veteran political observers Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson take goal at business-as-usual. Naming names, the authors lead readers via a gallery of rogues and rotten apples to demonstrate how generations of chicanery have undermined religion in, and wish for, sincere govt. From there, they lay out how one can enforce institutional reforms that supply responsibility and eliminate the favoritism, sweetheart bargains, and conflicts of curiosity corroding our civic life.

Corrupt Illinois lays out a blueprint to rework our politics from a pay-to-play–driven market into what it's going to be: an tool of public strong.

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First, the two orientations assume different conceptions of injustice. The politics of redistribution focuses on injustices it defines as socioeconomic and presumes to be rooted in the economic structure of society. 3 I do not include here movements for national recognition, as they raise issues beyond the scope of my discussion. Page 7 Examples include exploitation (having the fruits of one's labor appropriated for the benefit of others); economic marginalization (being confined to undesirable or poorly paid work or being denied access to income-generating labor altogether); and deprivation (being denied an adequate material standard of living).

17 Gender, in sum, is a bivalent mode of collectivity. It contains both an economic face that brings it within the ambit of redistribution and a cultural face that brings it simultaneously within the ambit of recognition. It is an open question whether the two faces are of equal weight. But redressing gender injustice, in any case, requires changing both the economic structure and the status order of contemporary capitalist society. The bivalent character of gender wreaks havoc on our previous construction of an either/or choice between the politics of redistribution and the politics of recognition.

Both Redistribution and Recognition: Toward a Conceptual Integration How, then, can one develop such a two-pronged approach? How can one integrate redistribution and recognition in a single framework so as to overcome their current dissociation? Three sets of issues are implicated here: normative-philosophical issues, which concern the relation between recognition and distributive justice; social-theoretical issues, which concern the relation between economy and culture; and practical-political issues, which concern the tensions that arise when one seeks to promote redistribution and recognition simultaneously.

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