Dirty Deals?
An Encyclopedia of Lobbying, Political Influence, and Corruption [3 volumes]
by Amy Handlin, Editor
September 2014, 1062pp, 7x10
3 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-245-8
$309, £238, 269€, A424
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Political influence, lobbying, and corruption affect every level of government.

An encyclopedia unlike any other, this work focuses on lobbying, corruption, and political influence in America to inspire readers to think critically about the U.S. government and to appreciate the opportunities of citizenship.

Even before the founding of the Republic, James Madison expressed the concern that special interest influence could become “adverse to the rights of other citizens [as well as] the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.” In modern times, examples of lobbying scandals and corruption associated with political campaign contributions abound—and yet our political system can and does further the larger goals of American democracy. Suited for advanced high school students, undergraduates, and general readers, this set examines the three powerful forces that affect every level of government but typically operate out of public view.

This three-volume work exhaustively covers the evolution and impact of lobbying, political influence, and corruption from the Colonial era to today. Volume 1 contains detailed scholarly essays on various aspects of lobbying, corruption, and political influence. Volume 2 comprises informative A–Z entries on people, events, laws, organizations, and legal decisions. The entries demonstrate the linkages among the topics but give equal attention to each as an independent influence on U.S. government and politics. Developments since 1990 and the extensive proliferation of the Internet and social media receive additional emphasis. Volume 3 contains primary documents that include executive orders, court cases, state and federal lobbying forms, and codes of conduct related to lobbying, campaign finance reform, and anti-corruption measures.


  • Provides balanced and fair information about three of the murkiest but most powerful forces in American politics and government: lobbying, political influence, and corruption
  • Covers a wide range of pertinent events, people, organizations, institutions, jurisprudence, and laws from the Credit Mobilier affair in the 19th century to the conviction of Jack Abramoff in the 21st century
  • Includes suggested readings with each entry for further exploration of specific subject as well as a unique compendium of original data and documents such as laws, legislation, and agency regulations
  • Supplies references for further reading and features extensive cross-referencing that directs researchers to other authoritative sources
Amy Handlin, PhD, is associate professor of marketing at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ. She is also deputy minority leader of the New Jersey General Assembly. Her published works include Praeger's Be Your Own Lobbyist: How to Give Your Small Business Big Clout with State and Local Government and Government Grief: How to Help Your Small Business Survive Mindless Regulation, Political Corruption, and Red Tape.


"Overall, the set is eye-opening, not only for the historical nature of backroom dealing but also for the bureaucratization of political influence. Recommended for high school and undergraduate libraries supporting American civics classes."—Booklist, May 1, 2015

"Undergraduate students and general readers interested in lobbying and corruption will benefit from this resource. It is a good value for academic libraries and may be of interest to public libraries. It is highly recommended."—Reference Reviews, December 23, 2015
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