skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

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: 69070 Find in a Library
Title: CONGRESSIONAL ETHICS - SECOND EDITION
Corporate Author: Congresional Quarterly, Inc
United States of America
Editor(s): D JONES
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 215
Sponsoring Agency: Congresional Quarterly, Inc
Washington, DC 20037
Sale Source: Congresional Quarterly, Inc
1414 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A COMPREHENSIVE HISTORIC OVERVIEW IS GIVEN OF GENERAL ISSUES AND SPECIFIC CASES RELATING TO CONGRESSIONAL ETHICS, AND CONGRESSIONAL EFFORTS TO REGULATE THE BEHAVIOR OF FEDERAL LEGISLATORS ARE DISCUSSED.
Abstract: ONE MAJOR SECTION DETAILS RECENT HEADLINE--MAKING CONGRESSIONAL SCANDALS, SUCH AS ABSCAM AND KOREAGATE, AND OTHER ETHICS-RELATED CASES SINCE 1976; THE EFFORTS OF CONGRESS TO DEAL WITH THESE SCANDALS WHILE REVAMPING ITS CODES OF CONDUCT ARE DESCRIBED. A SECOND MAJOR SECTION OF THE PRESENTATION EXAMINES THE VARIOUS BENEFITS TO WHICH A MEMBER OF CONGRESS IS HEIR--PAY, PRIVILEGES, OUTSIDE EARNINGS, OFFICE ALLOWANCES, COMPUTER AND DIRECT MAIL BENEFITS, TELEVISED FLOOR DEBATE, TRAVEL, AND POLITICAL PATRONAGE. ABUSES OF SUCH PRIVILEGES ARE DISCUSSED. A THIRD SECTION CONSIDERS THE ROLE OF SPECIAL-INTEREST GROUPS IN THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AND SUMMARIZES EFFORTS TO BRING THE INFLUENCE OF LOBBIES UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE LEGISLATURE TO THE ADVANTAGE OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC. A FINAL SECTION TRACES THE HISTORY OF CONGRESSIONAL ETHICS CASES SINCE CONGRESS' BEGINNING NEARLY 200 YEARS AGO AND OUTLINES THE STATUTORY AND INTRAMURAL PROVISIONS BY WHICH CONGRESS ATTEMPTS TO REGULATE THE ETHICAL BEHAVIOR OF ITS MEMBERS. A BIBLIOGRAPHY AND INDEX ARE PROVIDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--RCB)
Index Term(s): Case studies; Code of ethics; Corruption of public officials; Federal government; Laws and Statutes
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=69070

*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.