Are Political Favors Getting a Bad Name?
Friday, January 24, 2014
In New Jersey, Chris Christie and his staff face allegations that they punished their political opponents by causing traffic jams and threatening to withold Sandy relief funds. In New York City, new City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is rewarding her allies with plum jobs. So what counts as effective carrot-and-stick politics, and what's crosses the line? Brigid Harrison, professor of political science and law at Montclair State University, and David Plotz, editor of Slate and host of their Political Gabfest, discuss when political favors and punishment can be used to achieve good, and when they turn into corruption.