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Author Thompson, Dennis F. (Dennis Frank), 1940-
Title Ethics in Congress : from individual to institutional corruption / Dennis F. Thompson.
Imprint Washington, DC : Brookings Institutions, 1995.

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Author Thompson, Dennis F. (Dennis Frank), 1940-
Subject United States. Congress -- Ethics.
Political corruption -- United States.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 246 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-238) and index.
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.
Summary 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.
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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System 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.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0585175675 (electronic bk.)
9780585175676 (electronic bk.)
0815784244 (cl ; alk. paper)
0815784236 (pa ; alk. paper)
9780815784241 (cl ; alk. paper)
9780815784234 (pa ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 44957498
Additional Format Print version: Thompson, Dennis F. (Dennis Frank), 1940- Ethics in Congress. Washington, DC : Brookings Institutions, 1995 0815784244 (DLC) 95014604 (OCoLC)32311117
Table of Contents
1Purposes of Legislative Ethics10
2Dynamics of Legislative Corruption26
3Gains of Office49
4Services of Office77
5Corrupt Connections102
6Tribunals of Legislative Ethics131
 Appendix: Charges of Ethics Violations Considered by Congress, 1789-1992182