The Violence of Faction: The Institutional Origins of American Political Corruption
Stuart Lecture Series on Institutional Corruption in America
Jay Cost, Staff Writer, The Weekly Standard
Author of Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic (Broadside Books, 2011)
Political corruption is a subject once again in the newspapers and on the television. In this talk, Jay Cost will discuss the institutional origins of corruption, explaining how it has evolved over time and offering vital context for contemporary malfeasance.
Jay Cost, Staff Writer for the Weekly Standard, writes about elections and the intersection of politics and policy. Previously, he wrote the Horse Race Blog for RealClearPolitics.com. His work has appeared in National Affairs, Policy Review, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post. He is the author of Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic, published by Broadside Books in 2011. He is currently writing a history of American political corruption, to be published by Encounter Books in spring, 2015. He received a B.A. with High Distinction in Government and History from the University of Virginia, and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He resides in Western Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.