By Kellam Conover
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In other words, bribery would be possible only among those social relations that involve a ‘public’ individual. This may seem like an acceptable result, but note how quickly it can both underdetermine and over-determine what scholars are actually trying to measure. Where a strong informal network holds considerable power in society, for example, even if it does not control the formal organs of government, within the network there may be no ‘public’ individuals, proper. Hence, the use of bribe-like payments within the network should not strictly be considered bribery under the standard definition.
This framework will then be used, in Chapter Six, to trace a legal history of dōrodokia: both the kinds of legal spaces created for dōrodokia, and how those spaces were used to articulate ‘democratic’ legal and political institutions. Finally, Chapter Seven considers the function of those laws and legal processes in action, specifically how dōrodokia trials might be used not only to educate Athenians in civic values, but even to legitimate policies, political processes, and even political players.
Understanding how this public discourse was constructed will enable us, in the chapters to come, to measure how and why Athenian conceptions of bribery changed over the course of the democracy, and how bribery played an integral role in how the Athenians thought through their democracy. A Relational Approach to Bribery The relational approach adopted here begins with the simple claim that bribery entails both social relations and norms. First, bribery is never conducted in a social vacuum: there are always at least two participants linked by some kind of social tie, even 29 Conover Bribery in Classical Athens Chapter One if that tie is as bare as an arms-length bureaucrat-citizen relationship.