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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Lager on Government Ethics

James M. Lager (US Government Accountability Office; Robert H Smith School of Business) has posted Overcoming Cultures of Compliance to Reduce Corruption and Achieve Ethics in Government (McGeorge Law Review, Vol. 41, p. 63, 2009) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

Despite decades of failed anti-corruption efforts, most government organizations operate as if additional compliance-based efforts will curb corruption. This article postulates that many of the government ethics rules imposed on public agencies and their employees, and compliance-oriented efforts to ethics, are ineffective and often counterproductive, and suggests the adoption of values-based ethics programs and practices to move past the ineffective compliance efforts to reduce corruption.

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