Glass Houses: Congressional Ethics And The Politics Of Venom

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Westview Press, 2009 M08 5 - 320 páginas
While members of the House and Senate confront the public's changing attitudes toward money, sex, and power, they are also forced to raise ever-escalating sums to finance their campaigns. Practices tolerated a decade ago now may cost lawmakers their seats or land them in jail. Lawmakers often don't know if they live in Salem or Gomorrah. Using new information culled from dozens of Capitol Hill interviews, Susan and Martin Tolchin show how ethics in Washington have changed over two centuries while offering new interpretations of past ethics cases. The first book to analyze the politicization of the ethics process, Glass Houses reveals in wicked and telling detail the forces that drive the modern lawmaker into a maelstrom of fierce corruption battles.
 

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The Ethics Wars
1
The Apple and Other Temptations
21
Joe McCarthy and the Ethics Process
35
Abscam and the Keating Five
49
SexThe Sin of Hypocrisy
77
Torricelli the CIA and the Intelligence Committee
101
ForgeryThe Case of the Purloined Stationery
115
The Noble LieModern Ethical Dilemmas
125
The Politics of Venom
143
Appendix A Summary of U S Senate Sanctions
155
Notes
165
References
179
Index
193
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Susan J. Tolchin is a professor of public policy at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy. She was elected a fellow and board member of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 1997, she received the Marshall Dimock Award from the American Society for Public Administration and the Trachtenberg Award for Research from George Washington University. Martin Tolchin, founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of “The Hill” newspaper, reported on Congress during most of his 40-year career at the New York Times. His numerous awards include the Everett M. Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress. Mr. Tolchin also received three Page One wards from the Newspaper Guild of New York, and awards from Sigma Delta Chi and the NYC Citizens Budget Commission.

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