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NCJ Number: 58524 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: ANTICORRUPTION STRATEGY FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
Author(s): T FLETCHER; P GORDON; S HENTZELL
Corporate Author: SRI International
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 67
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
SRI International
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 76-NI-99-0087
Sale Source: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Training (Handbook/Manual)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS REPORT DESCRIBES A COUNTERCORRUPTION STRATEGY THAT CAN BE IMPLEMENTED BY CITY ADMINISTRATORS TO MONITOR THE PERFORMANCE OF EMPLOYEES AND TO INCREASE UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT CONSTITUTES CORRUPTION AND HOW TO AVOID IT.
Abstract: THE PROGRAM SUGGESTED HERE IS BASED ON THE FOLLOWING HYPOTHESES: (1) THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CORRUPTION IS INVERSELY PROPORTIONAL TO ITS VISIBILITY; (2) THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CORRUPTION IS LIKELY TO DROP AS MORE OFFICIALS BECOME ACTUALLY OR POTENTIALLY INVOLVED; AND (3) THE OPPORTUNITY FOR AN OFFICIAL TO ENGAGE IN A CORRUPT ACT WILL BE INCREASED BY STRUCTURES THAT INCREASE AUTONOMY, PROVIDE VAGUE DECISION RULES, OR POSE MINIMAL RISKS (LIMITED DETECTION CAPABILITIES OR LIGHT SANCTION POLICIES). THE APPROACH PROPOSED USES MANAGEMENT CONTROL, AUDIT PROCEDURES, TRAINING, AND INVESTIGATION, WITH A MANAGEMENT TEAM TO SEE THAT ALL THESE FUNCTIONS WORK TOGETHER AND WORK PROPERLY. THE COMBINATION IS CALLED AIMS, FOR ACCOUNTABILITY-INTEGRITY-MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS. THE PROPOSED SYSTEM CAN BE USED FOR ALL OF THOSE IN THE PUBLIC EMPLOY, BUT IS AIMED PARTICULARLY AT THOSE IN STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (WHETHER ELECTED, APPOINTED, OR HIRED, WHETHER THEY WISH TO ADOPT THE PROGRAM FROM THE TOP OF THE ORGANIZATION OR AT MIDLEVEL. THE PURPOSE OF THE SYSTEM IS TO ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY (RESPONSIBILITY FOR CONDUCT AND OBLIGATIONS) AND INTEGRITY (TRUSTWORTHINESS AND PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITY). THE ETHICAL BASIS FOR THE HANDBOOK IS PRESENTED, ALONG WITH INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO INSTALL AN AIMS SYSTEM AND HOW TO ESTABLISH MANAGEMENT CONTROL, AN AUDIT CONTROL, TRAINING, AND AN INVESTIGATIVE ARM. POTENTIAL OBSTACLES ARE IDENTIFIED AND SUGGESTIONS ARE GIVEN ON HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM. AN APPENDIX PROVIDES A CHART OF THE RANGE OF CONCERNS ENCOMPASSED BY 'ETHICS AND THE PUBLIC SERVICE.' REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Corruption of public officials; Management by objectives; Participatory management; Public administration; White collar crime
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