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  1. Albert Hirschman on Conflicts Between the Private and the Public

    ... and the betrayal of yesterday's friends -- all of this of course for the sake of the goal. ... In the process he may well violate the ... gain in private consumption goals.  This experience can of course be so dismaying and so contrary to original expectations as to produce ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-06-18 08:16 - 1 comment

  2. A Miscellany

    ... even so much as to take a 21-minute online ethics course required of the members of every county board and commission. In ... justice commission to hold out on taking the required ethics course. Now the sheriff is arguing that his refusal is for ... position is that ethical oversight, not to mention an ethics course, is not governing. Ethical oversight is an important aspect of our ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-06-30 07:47 - 0 comments

  3. The Benefits of Hyperlinking Ethics Codes, and the Dependency of Children

    ... on the Ohio Ethics Commission website. The rule, of course, is that without a definition, a term should be interpreted reasonably. ... Finding the definition is unnecessarily difficult. Of course, you could always call the Commission, but the contact info page says ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-06-18 13:07 - 0 comments

  4. Ethics Pledges -- Make Them Stick

    ... might call that place hell. But the correct name, of course, is Utah, home of some of the most lax campaign finance laws and weakest ... to a worthy cause, i.e. not themselves. Nice! Of course, Jones and Mascaro left a few things off the wish list. An outright gift ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-04-20 12:47 - 1 comment


    ... mandates that state officials complete an ethics training course every two years. The FPPC and the Attorney General's Office developed an ... and the Senate Committee on Legislative Ethics. The course is conducted at least twice each year and there is a small fee to ...

    DonMc - 2008-12-02 09:07 - 0 comments

  6. Blogging by Local Government Officials - A New Kind of Transparency

    ... dialogue, and diversity of ideas. Of course, such a blog can be abused. The one kind of abuse people really have to ... official. Here's an article , by a California mayor of course, on local government official blogging. Thanks to Judy Nadler (a former ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-06-11 11:26 - 0 comments

  7. City Ethics Support

    ... of conduct is never sufficient in and of itself. Unless a course of action can be adequately explained on ethical grounds, it is not a ... the full URL in this example to the path would still be node/7. Usually different user roles are given permission to use different ...

    DonMc - 2015-04-28 15:55

  8. When a Conflict Requires Not Withdrawal, But Ending a Controversy

    ... When an official has a conflict of interest, the usual course is to withdraw from any discussion or vote on the matter. But this is ... decide (the meeting is scheduled for tomorrow). Of course, the superintendent cannot come out in favor of naming the school after ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-08-10 06:50 - 0 comments

  9. San Diego: An Unappreciative Council and a Close Look at the Revolving Door

    ... despite a 5-0 vote for it at the committee level. Of course, they didn't actually vote against it, but instead sent it to back ... here's the press release that followed his fine). Of course, the councilman implied some favoritism on the part of the ethics ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-10-20 09:29 - 0 comments

  10. Vague, Character-Based Ethics Rules Give More Power Than Guidance

    ... president using character as a primary criterion. Of course, the public can do no better. Who knows to what extent Obama or Romney ... whatever individual or body interprets the language (and, of course, in the hands of whatever individuals(s) or body selects the individual ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-11-06 06:59 - 0 comments