Ethics in Congress: From Individual to Institutional Corruption / Edition 1

Ethics in Congress: From Individual to Institutional Corruption / Edition 1

by Dennis F. Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815784236

ISBN-13: 2900815784233

Pub. Date: 12/01/1995

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

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…  See more details below

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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 occasions for corruption and invites more calls for accountability. Thompson moves the discussion beyond bribery, extortion, and personal gain to the world of implicit understandings, ambiguous favors, and political advantage. He examines several major ethics cases of recent years, including the cases of David Durenberger, the Keating Five, and former House Speaker James Wright.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900815784233
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
12/01/1995
Pages:
264

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1Purposes of Legislative Ethics10
2Dynamics of Legislative Corruption26
3Gains of Office49
4Services of Office77
5Corrupt Connections102
6Tribunals of Legislative Ethics131
Conclusion166
Appendix: Charges of Ethics Violations Considered by Congress, 1789-1992182
Notes191
Index239

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