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Published: 07 May 2009

328 Pages

ISBN: 9780195378719

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Getting the Government America Deserves

How Ethics Reform Can Make a Difference

Richard W Painter

  • Articulates a general approach to combating corruption alongside specific proposals for doing so.
  • The author's specific proposals include stricter regulation of movement of senior officials from the private sector into government, abolition of the White House office of political affairs as it has been constituted during the past few administrations, barring lobbyists from bundling campaign contributions, restrictions on political activity of senior political employees in the Executive Branch and a dramatic increase in public funding of political campaigns to offset money from special interests.
  • While this book is not an expose of specific instances of ethics lapses during the Bush Administration, the author provides a number of illuminating examples of problems in government ethics that he learned about during his years of public service in the White House

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