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Getting the Government America Deserves: How Ethics Reform Can Make a Difference

Richard W. Painter


In order to be effective, federal ethics law must address sources of systematic corruption rather than simply address motives that individual government employees might have to betray the public trust, such as personal financial holdings or family relationships. This book articulates a general approach to combating systemic corruption as well as some specific proposals for doing so. Federal ethics law is relatively unknown in legal academia and elsewhere outside of Washington, D.C., but it is binding on over one million federal employees. Lobbyists, federal contractors, lawyers, and others who ... More

Keywords: systematic corruption, federal ethics law, federal employees, federal government, political activity, lobbyists, interest groups, personal finance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195378719
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378719.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard W. Painter, author