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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226020525

ISBN-13: 9780226020525

Pub. Date: 12/28/1998

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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. By constraining decision makers' discretion, shaping priorities, and causing delays, corruption control-

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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. By 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.

"Anechiarico and Jacobs . . . have pushed aside the claims and posturing by officials and reformers and revealed a critical need to reevaluate just what we have and are doing to public servants, and to the public, in the name of anti-corruption." --Citylaw

"The Pursuit of Absolute Integrity describes the evolution of the ultimate corruption in public agencies like the police: not doing the job or keeping others from doing it in the name of opposing corruption. Every policy maker, manager, and would-be reformer should read this book."--George Kelling, Rutgers University

"A timely and very useful addition to the new debate over corruption and reform."--Michael Johnston, American Political Science Review

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
Sales rank:
1,095,731
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1: The Evolution of Corruption: From "Honest Graft" to Conflicts of
Interest
2: The Evolution of the Anticorruption Project: From Virtue to Surveillance
3: Civil Service and the Anticorruption Project: Bondage to a Principle
4: Conflicts of Interest and Financial Disclosures: The Pursuit of Absolute
Integrity
5: Whistleblowers: Uncovering Wrongdoing at Any Price
6: Internal Government Investigation: The Panopticon in New York City
7: State and Federal Prosecutors: Putting Public Officials on Ice
8: Purging Corruption from Public Contracting: Blacklists, Debarments, and
the Paralysis of Procurement
9: Auditing and Accounting Controls: Beyond Bean Counting
10: Waging War Against the Inevitable
11: Public Administration: From Reform to Pathology
12: Toward a New Discourse on Corruption Control
Notes
Bibliography
Table of Cases
Index

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