Pursuit of Absolute Integrity: How Corruption Control Makes Government Ineffective / Edition 1

Pursuit of Absolute Integrity: How Corruption Control Makes Government Ineffective / Edition 1

by Frank Anechiarico, James B. Jacobs, Jacobs B. James
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226020525

ISBN-13: 9780226020525

Pub. Date: 12/28/1998

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Anticorruption reforms provide excellent political cover for public officials, but do they really reduce corruption? And do the benefits outweigh the costs? In this comprehensive and controversial case study of anticorruption efforts, Frank Anechiarico and James B. Jacobs show how the proliferating regulations and oversight mechanisms designed to prevent or root out…  See more details below

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Anticorruption reforms provide excellent political cover for public officials, but do they really reduce corruption? And do the benefits outweigh the costs? In this comprehensive and controversial case study of anticorruption efforts, Frank Anechiarico and James B. Jacobs show how the proliferating regulations and oversight mechanisms designed to prevent or root out corruption seriously undermine our ability to govern. Using anticorruption efforts in New York City to illustrate their argument, Anechiarico and Jacobs demonstrate the costly inefficiencies of pursuing absolute integrity. By proliferating dysfunctions, constraining decision makers' discretion, shaping priorities, and causing delays, corruption control - no less than corruption itself - has contributed to the contemporary crisis in public administration. This book begins a new and vital discourse on how to free public administration from burdensome corruption controls without sacrificing government integrity. It will interest scholars in political science, sociology, public administration, policy studies, and criminology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226020525
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Series:
Studies in Crime and Justice Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1The Evolution of Corruption: From "Honest Graft" to Conflicts of Interest3
2The Evolution of the Anticorruption Project: From Virtue to Surveillance18
3Civil Service and the Anticorruption Project: Bondage to a Principle31
4Conflicts of Interest and Financial Disclosures: The Pursuit of Absolute Integrity45
5Whistleblowers: Uncovering Wrongdoing at Any Price63
6Internal Government Investigation: The Panopticon in New York City75
7State and Federal Prosecutors: Putting Public Officials on Ice93
8Purging Corruption from Public Contracting: Blacklists, Debarments, and the Paralysis of Procurement123
9Auditing and Accounting Controls: Beyond Bean Counting139
10Waging War Against the Inevitable153
11Public Administration: From Reform to Pathology173
12Toward a New Discourse on Corruption Control189
Notes209
Bibliography247
Table of Cases267
Index269

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