Corruption, accountability and discretion

The corruption of public officials in the United States and its corrosive impact on public policy, political stability and democratic institutions, earns it a spot among the most critical public crises of the last decade. There have been scandals involving elected officials across the political spec...

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Published in:Public policy and governance
Contributors: Rabe-Hemp, Cara E. (HerausgeberIn)
Format: Print Book
Language:English
Published: London Emerald Publishing 2017
In:Public policy and governance
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Summary:The corruption of public officials in the United States and its corrosive impact on public policy, political stability and democratic institutions, earns it a spot among the most critical public crises of the last decade. There have been scandals involving elected officials across the political spectrum from local elected officials up to the White House, involving conflicts of interest, campaign fundraising and political elections. At the heart of many scandals is the discretionary power of public officials to make decisions based on personal interest, often leading to corruption. Understanding the nature and etiology of corruption is important to drafting controls on discretion and rules for accountability. While strict regulation and oversight mechanisms have previously been designed to encourage ethical decision-making and punish violators, it is the media and citizens that have increasingly become modern mechanisms of accountability. Corruption of public governance not only undermines the effectiveness of the political system; it also results in corrupt public policymaking on the most pressing issues facing Americans today. This timely and insightful book provides the key elements needed to understand the nature and prevalence of corruption in public governance, as well as the devastating public policy consequences. The chapters explore the implications of public governance corruption on political stability, public trust, and policymaking, as well as recommendations for how to establish controls on discretion and strict regulation to increase accountability and corruption control in public governance
Measuring corruption : Transparency International's "corruption perceptions index" / April K. Clark -- The price of corruption in congress / Michael J. Pomante II and Scot Schraufnagel -- Legislative scandals in the United States / Kerri Milita and Jaclyn Bunch -- Campaign contributions and vote buying / Renee Prunty and Mandy Swartzendruber -- Do contributions to judicial campaigns create the appearance of corruption? / Thomas E. McClure -- Media coverage of corruption and scandal in the 2016 presidential election : fantasy themes of crooked Hillary and corrupt businessman Trump / John P. McHale -- Crime, injustice, and politics / Cara E. Rabe-Hemp, Philip Mulvey and Morgan Foster -- Mayors' and citizen attitudes toward sexual harassment in police departments / Eric E. Otenyo and Earlene A. S. Camarillo -- Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan : contractor corruption and election campaigns / Eric E. Otenyo and Parwez Besmel -- Citizens United and political accountability / Benjamin Bricker -- Judicial review / Elizabeth Erin Wheat -- National security whistleblowers and the journalists who tell their stories : a dangerous policy dance of truth-finding, truth-telling, and consequence / Maria A. Moore, John Huxford and Jennifer B. Bethmann
Physical Description:xxii, 262 Seiten 23 cm
ISBN:9781787435568