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Conflict of Interest in American Public Life

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$38.50 • £30.95 • €34.50

ISBN 9780674012134

Publication Date: 09/15/2003


352 pages

5-11/16 x 8-7/8 inches

4 tables


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • I. Conflict
    • 1. The Perils of Prophylactic Law
    • 2. The Topography of Conflict
    • 3. Self-Dealing
    • 4. Undue Influence
    • 5. Abuse of Office
    • 6. Private Payment for Public Acts
    • 7. Private Gain from Public Office
    • 8. The Revolving Door: I
    • 9. The Revolving Door: II
    • Summary
  • II. Interest
    • 10. Interest, Bias, and Ideology
    • 11. Limousine Liberals, Country-Club Conservatives
    • 12. On Character in American Politics
    • 13. Self-Generated versus Other-Imposed Encumbrances on Judgment
    • 14. Quid Pro Quo and Campaign Finance
    • 15. Spousal Interests
    • 16. Combination of Roles and Ex Parte Contacts
    • 17. Hold the Interest, Vary the Role
    • 18. De Minimis
    • Summary
  • III. Appearances
    • 19. The Meaning of “The Appearance of Official Impropriety”
    • 20. The Legalistic Attack on the Appearance Standard
    • 21. The Political Justification for the Appearance Standard
  • IV. Remedies
    • 22. Recusal, Divestiture, Balance, and Disclosure
    • 23. What Is a Balanced Committee?
    • 24. Disclosure and Its Discontents
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Index

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