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Ethics in Congress : from individual to institutional corruption

Author: Dennis F Thompson
Publisher: Washington, DC : Brookings Institutions, 1995.
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In this book, Dennis Thompson argues that the growing demand for accountability in an increasingly complicated political environment has rendered traditional codes of conduct inadequate. Shifting the focus from individual corruption to institutional corruption, the author shows how the institution itself is posing new ethical challenges and how the complexity of the environment in which members work creates new  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Thompson, Dennis F. (Dennis Frank), 1940-
Ethics in Congress.
Washington, DC : Brookings Institutions, 1995
(DLC) 95014604
(OCoLC)32311117
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dennis F Thompson
ISBN: 0585175675 9780585175676
OCLC Number: 44957498
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 246 p.)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Purposes of Legislative Ethics --
Personal Ethics and Legislative Ethics --
The Priority of Legislative Ethics --
The Scope of Legislative Ethics --
Principles of Legislative Ethics --
Legislative Ethics and Institutional Corruption --
Dynamics of Legislative Corruption --
The Elements of Corruption --
The Individual Corruption of David Durenberger --
The Institutional Corruption of the Keating Five --
The Diverse Corruptions of James C. Wright, Jr. --
Gains of Office --
The Legitimacy of Personal Gain --
General Offenses --
Conflicts of Interest --
Perquisites of Office --
The Imperatives of Political Gain --
Ambition and Independence --
Fairness to Colleagues, Challengers, and Congress --
Services of Office --
Undeserved Service --
Favoritism --
Institutional Consequences of Constituent Service --
Limitations of Legal Standards --
Limitations of Ethical Standards --
Toward Stronger Standards --
Corrupt Connections --
Corrupt Motives --
Mixed Motives --
Short-Circuiting the Democratic Process --
The Root of Some Evil --
The Importance of Appearances --
Tribunals of Legislative Ethics --
The Deficiencies of Self-Discipline --
Letting Voters Decide --
Letting Courts Decide --
Strengthening the Ethics Committees --
Charges of Ethics Violations Considered by Congress, 1789-1992.
Responsibility: Dennis F. Thompson.

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