Scandal Proof: Do Ethics Laws Make Government Ethical?

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August 2002



Ethics regulation has been one of the steady growth sectors in the federal government. This book explores the process that led to the current state of ethics regulation in the federal executive branch and assesses whether these efforts have been successful, what they have cost, and whether reforms should be considered.


G. Calvin Mackenzie is the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government at Colby College, Maine, USA, and an adviser to the Brookings Presidential Appointee Initiative. He is the editor of Innocent until Nominated: The Breakdown of the Presidential Appointments Process (Brookings, 2001). Michael Hafken is a research analyst at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., USA.


"... well written and thoroughly documented." --J.S. Robey, University of Texas at Brownsville, Choice, 4/1/2003 "Academics are never more useful than when they are taking on conventional wisdom and tearing it apart. That is exactly what G. Calvin Mackenzie...has done in a delightful new paperback titled Scandal Proof: Do Ethics Laws Make Government Ethical? " --David Broder, The Washington Post "'Scandal Proof' is a thoughtfully written account and highly recommended..." -- Wisconsin Bookwatch, 2/1/2003 "Scandal Proof' is intriguing on several fronts...Mackenzie and Hafkin marry these political foci with a traditional policy analysis centered around costs and benefits to assess both the output and the outcome of attempts to deal with scandal. Thus, Mackenzie and Hafkin's work has a relatively wide range of appeal. Students of politics as well as participants within the system will find this work compelling as well as useful... In spite of, or perhaps because of, the contemplation of the unquantifiable, Scandal Proof provides an effective means for evaluating the enormous array of regulation of an unattainable goal." --Joseph White, Case Western Reserve University, Congress and the Presidency "Scandal Proof successfully attempts to outline and explore the development and current status of ethics regulation in the federal executive branch...highly readable, lively and accessible and best suited to specialised undergraduate or postgraduate courses." --Esther C. Jubb, Liverpool John Moores University, Political Studies Review, 1/1/2004 "...this is an important book. It will stimulate arguments from several different perspectives. The book highlights important issues about our traditional approach to regulation. It uses the lens of ethics regulation to raise critical questions about how we 'solve' problems." --Raymond W. Cox, III, University of Akron, Presidential Studies Quarterly, 9/1/2003
EAN: 9780815754039
ISBN: 0815754035
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2002
Seitenanzahl: 160 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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