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  1. 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

  2. Chief Legal Officers, Local Government Attorneys, and Ethics Officers

    ... ways you can do it.’ A good [general counsel] says: ‘Of course it’s legal, but it’s stupid.’” "Of course it's legal, but it's stupid" is a corporate version of what government ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-04-13 16:40 - 0 comments

  3. Alternatives to Allowing Conflicted Individuals to Sit on Advisory Boards

    ... whose conclusions will be seen as biased? There is, of course, the possibility of creating a body consisting of representatives of, ... of interest rules. Needless to say, that is the course chosen by the Fort Worth council, a course that will be discussed in the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-08-23 15:00 - 0 comments

  4. An Ethics Commission Recusal When a Political Party Brings a Complaint

    ... Which may not be such a bad idea, after all. Of course, here the party itself is bringing the complaint, but it could just as ... minor parties and, especially, for independents? Because, of course, members of the two big parties are the ones who decide what ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-11-12 15:39 - 0 comments

  5. A Miscellany: Misuse of Government Employees and Legislative Immunity

    ... “and they want the union’s perspective, then of course all our members know the union supports the mayor.” One way the recall ... topic since I started following it a few years ago. Of course, there is a difference or two between this situation and government ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-03-04 07:02 - 0 comments

  6. No Conflict in Voting for Oneself

    ... answer questions, question the views of other candidates. Of course, it's in their self-interest, but this is an area where self-interest ... only goal is to be elected to serve one's constituents. Of course, it might be also to serve oneself, but to the extent that self-service ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2007-04-02 09:36 - 0 comments

  7. Institutional Corruption Conference III: Cultures of Loyalty and Mutual Trust

    ... thing. In government, loyalty should be to the public. Of course, this is not loyalty as we know it, so loyalty should be suppressed as ... reflects a poor ethics environment in the community. Of course, citizens are just as inclined both to denial and to justification of ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-02-10 09:05 - 0 comments

  8. Apologies: Central to a City's Ethical Environment

    ... us a sense of dignity, pride, and self-esteem. We can, of course, have too much pride to apologize, but that's a negative sort of pride. ... what happened and trying to demonize the grievant. Of course, cover-ups are always worse than the offenses, and if they come out, ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2007-02-16 16:52 - 1 comment

  9. Winter Reading: Robert Dahl's "Who Governs?"

    ... the second time around, because I did take an Urban Politics course forty years ago. The book happens to focus on New Haven, the city in ... the city's attorneys may conclude that the reasonable course — particularly in view of genuine uncertainty over whether the city's ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2014-03-21 09:03 - 0 comments

  10. Top Ten Ethics Films

    ... Sophie Scholl movie is in German (subtitles available, of course), but if you haven't seen it you should. Story Topics:  ... the investigation into a collapsed building (Nottola’s, of course) that kills two people: “The perfect machine. All by the book.” ...

    DonMc - 2015-05-15 13:22 - 10 comments