Former LHB Guest Blogger Nicholas R. Parrillo, Yale Law School, discusses Against the Profit Motive:The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940 (Yale University Press, 2013) Siobhan Barco on the New Books in Law podcast. Among the topics covered are:
"The ways American lawmakers made the absence of a profit motive a defining feature of government
"The two non-salary forms of payment for government officials that initially predominated in the US
"How these two forms of payment tended to give rise to very different social relationships between officials and the people with whom they dealt
"Why the flight to salaries was an admission of law's weakness and failure"