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223.9 sec. 1 - Regulating Public Integrity (Spring 2011)
Instructor: Claire M. Sylvia
Instructor: Karen Getman (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Meeting Time: Th 6:25-8:15
Meeting Location: 141
Course Start: January 13, 2011
Course Control Number (1Ls): 49553
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49550
Since the Watergate scandal over thirty years ago, public officials at every level and in every branch of American Government have increasingly been subject to a wide-range of public integrity regulations, including conflict of interest laws, campaign finance rules, and financial disclosure requirements. Yet despite increased regulation of public official ethics, each year opinion polls consistently reflect that the public has less and less confidence in its public officials, and newspaper headlines are regularly filled with stories of alleged corruption or misbehavior on the part of public officials. Through an examination of both historic and current events, this course explores what it means to regulate the ethics of public officials, the problems associated with doing so, and different legislative approaches to solving those problems. The course will examine bribery, conflict of interest, campaign finance and lobbying laws. We will also consider different models of enforcing public official ethics, including congressional self-discipline, the use of independent counsel, and impeachment.
There will be a 24-hour take home exam.
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A reader will be used in this class.
Instructor has indicated that no books will be assigned.