Folded Lies

Folded Lies : Bribery, Crusades and Reforms

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Examines the dynamics and function of price-fixing, bribery, and payments to foreign governments as part of recognized corporate business practices, drawing attention to the lawfulness of these actions and the harmful ramifications of anti-bribery campaigns
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  • Hardback | 277 pages
  • 149.86 x 215.9 x 38.1mm | 521.63g
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0029262801
  • 9780029262801

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Bribery only seems to be more pervasive these days, we're told; actually, bribery is an established part of our "operational code," even though it is at odds with our "myth system." Reisman may be a law professor (Yale), but he thinks like a social scientist. His thesis is simple: although we profess to abhor any tampering with the free market and unfair advantage, "in the real world" the system works with the added incentive of various forms of bribery - mainly "transactional bribes" which speed up processes, "variance bribes" which keep things from happening, and "outright purchase" whereby individuals are retained over time for services to be rendered. The law - a part of the "myth system" - may make some forms of bribery illegal, but, as things go, the laws are not applied. Public outrage, when it occurs, is deflected by "crusades," which in reality are manipulated anti-bribery reforms designed to be ineffectual. When public pressure mounts, we may get "reform," which changes the operational code - but don't hold your breath. It's more than a little terrifying to have a law professor call the law part of a myth system, and even worse when the whole cynical analysis parades as objective social science. The only remedy: read and take heed. (Kirkus Reviews)
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