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Against the Profit MotiveThe Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940$
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Nicholas R. Parrillo

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300176582

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300176582.001.0001

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Bargaining Outlawed

Bargaining Outlawed

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(p.80) 2 Bargaining Outlawed
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Against the Profit Motive
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Nicholas R. Parrillo

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300176582.003.0003

This chapter continues from the last chapter to tell the story of how American lawmakers and judges outlawed the bargaining schemes that had been in existence since the 1600s. They decided that no officer could take a fee unless it was established and fixed by a legislative act. Driven by new ideas, the lawmakers and judges who repudiated negotiation effectively decided that officers were no longer quasi-independent vendors whom the legislature could regulate but sometimes did not. Instead officers had no lawful existence whatever from legislative will. This principle is universally accepted by American lawmakers today.

Keywords:   American lawmakers, judges, officer, fee, vendors, regulation

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