Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Dirty Deals?: An Encyclopedia of Lobbying, Political Influence, and Corruption

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Dirty Deals?: An Encyclopedia of Lobbying, Political Influence, and Corruption

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Dirty Deals?: An Encyclopedia of Lobbying, Political Influence, and Corruption. Ed. by Amy Handlin. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 3 vols. Acid free $294 (ISBN 978-1-61069-245-8). E-book (978-1-61069-246-5) available, call for pricing.

While the title may suggest otherwise, the publisher states that Dirty Deals? provides "balanced and fair information about three of the murkiest but most powerful forces in American politics and government" (www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIO Greenwood/product.aspx?pc=A3940C). That being said, who controls our government, or at the very least effectively influences policy and regulatory decisions, is a perennial question, and an encyclopedia dedicated to this matter seems fitting.

While ABC-CLIO Greenwood's publicity materials declare that this is "an encyclopedia like no other," this three volume work actually combines material from two existing encyclopedias: Ronald J. Hrebenar and Bryson B. Morgan's Lobbying in America (ABC-CLIO, 2009) and Robert North Roberts's Ethics in U.S. Government (Greenwood, 2001). Volumes 1 and 3 borrow from Lobbying in America, and volume 2 borrows from Ethics in U.S. Government. Dirty Deals? builds upon the foundation of the two earlier works to provide added breadth and depth. New essays such as "Social Media, Political Influence, and Lobbying" and "The Future of Campaign Finance Regulation in a Post-Citizens United World" are examples of how the material has been expanded and brought up to date. …

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