The failure of governance in Bell, California : big-time corruption in a small town / Thom Reilly
- Reilly, Thom, 1960-
- Additional Titles:
- Big-time corruption in a small town
- Lanham : Lexington Books, 
- Physical Description:
- xxv, 193 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Introduction: It was all about the money -- The city, the poker club, and the reformer -- The puppet master -- The accomplice and the police chief -- Whispers of scandal : BASTA & the whistle blowers -- The corruption hearings : with Gregory D. Coordes -- The aftermath : with Gregory D. Coordes.
- "The Failure of Governance in Bell California: Big-Time Corruption in a Small Town details how Bell was rendered vulnerable to such massive malfeasance by a disengaged public, lack of established ethical norms, absence of effective checks and balances, and minimal coverage by an overextended area news media. It is a grim and nearly unbelievable story. Yet even these factors fail to fully explain how such large-scale corruption could have arisen. More specifically, how did it occur within a structure--the council-manager form of government--that had been deliberately designed to promote good governance? Why were so many officials and employees prepared to participate in or overlook the ongoing corruption? To what degree can theories of governance, such as contagion theory or the "rover bandit" theme, explain the success of such blatant wrongdoing? The Failure of Governance, by Arizona State University Professor Thom Reilly--himself former county manager of Clark County, Nevada--pursues answers to these and related questions through an analysis of municipal operations that will afford the reader deeper insight into the inner workings of city governments--corrupt and otherwise. By considering factors arising from both theory and practice, Reilly makes clear, in other words, why the sad saga of Bell, California represents both a case study and a warning"--Publisher's wesbite.
- 9781498512121 (cloth ; alk. paper)
1498512127 (cloth ; alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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