Campaign Contributions, Post-War Reconstruction Contracts, and State Crime

Michael Hogan, Michael Long, Paul Stretesky, Michael Lynch

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This article presents a case-control study of the relationship between Federal-level campaign contributions, corporate political connections, and the awarding of post-war reconstruction contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cases are 135 companies that received post-war contracts and controls are 135 randomly selected companies matched on industry. Results reveal that both campaign contributions and political connections significantly increase a company's odds of receiving a contract. Results are situated in the context of current theory on state crime. It is argued that awarding contracts on this basis may constitute a form of state crime, but alternative explanations for the findings are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-297
JournalDeviant Behavior
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2006


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