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NCJ Number: 99422 Find in a Library
Title: Corruption and Misconduct in Contemporary British Politics
Author(s): A Doig
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 433
Sponsoring Agency: Penguin Books
New York, NY 10014
Sale Source: Penguin Books
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This book surveys recent British cases and trials involving corruption and official misconduct among Government officials, members of Parliament, and police.
Abstract: Following a historical analysis of how existing standards of conduct and mechanisms to prevent corruption and misconduct developed, the book discusses the circumstances surrounding the passage and the contents of the Prevention of Corruption Acts (passed in 1889, 1906, and 1916). Instances of official corruption between the passage of these acts and the scandals of the 1970's are outlined. Examined in detail are the histories, personal motivations, disclosure, and prosecution of several cases: architect John Poulson, who systematically bribed politicians and public servants in his attempts to gain Government contracts for his firm; individuals involved in conflicts of interest, acceptance of bribes and gifts, and unethical use of political influence; and police acceptance of bribes and protection payments. These cases illustrate the diversity of corruption and misconduct in the public and private sectors. The author argues that if an official activity presents the temptation and opportunity for corruption, then the benefits or profits obtainable provide the incentive, while weaknesses in the laws, procedures for accountability, and means of detection minimize the risks involved. Tabular data, an index, and chapter notes are provided. Appendixes list cases brought under the various Prevention of Corruption Acts.
Index Term(s): Abuse of authority; Bribery; Conflict of interest; Corruption of public officials; Foreign government officials; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Professional conduct and ethics
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