skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 185587 Find in a Library
Title: Ethics in Government and the Issue of Conflicts of Interest (From Government Ethics and Law Enforcement: Toward Global Guidelines, P 97-122, 2000, Yassin El-Ayouty, Kevin J. Ford, et al., eds.)
Author(s): Mark Davies
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Collected Work
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The primary purpose of ethics laws is to promote both the reality and the perception of integrity in government by preventing conflicts of interest from occurring.
Abstract: An effective ethics law rests on three pillars: (1) a comprehensive, simple, and sensible code of ethics; (2) disclosure targeted at revealing and averting possible violations of the ethics code, in particular transnational disclosure and recusal, applicant disclosure, and reasonable annual disclosure; and (3) an administrative structure that is independent and workable and that provides training and education in rough equal parts, quick and confidential advice, regulation of disclosure, and enforcement. Government ethics laws and regulations differ from criminal laws on official misconduct. The purpose and nature of government ethics laws in the United States generally and in New York City especially are examined, as well as principles of government ethics regulation. An appendix contains a suggested code of ethics that outlines least restrictive and more restrictive alternatives. 16 notes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Code of ethics; Conflict of interest; Corruption of public officials; Federal regulations; New York; Professional conduct and ethics; Professional misconduct; United States of America; White collar crime
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.