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How Governments Pay: Lawsuits, Budgets, and Police Reform

  title={How Governments Pay: Lawsuits, Budgets, and Police Reform},
  author={Joanna C. Schwartz},
For decades, scholars have debated the extent to which financial sanctions cause government officials to improve their conduct. Yet little attention has been paid to a foundational empirical question underlying these debates: When a plaintiff recovers in a damages action against the government, who foots the bill? In prior work, I found that individual police officers virtually never pay anything toward settlements and judgments entered against them. But this finding prompts another question… Expand
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