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|Title:||Does corruption follow opportunity? A study of the U.S. Congress|
|Citation:||Public Integrity, 2018; 20(5):478-496|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Rodrigo Praino and Adam Graycar|
|Abstract:||Ninety three of the 1,818 people who served in the U.S. House of Representatives between 1972 and 2012 were investigated for corruption by the Ethics Committee. Eighteen were acquitted and 75 suffered consequences (reprimand/payback/resignation/conviction). Detailed analysis of the data shows that the longer one is in Congress, the more likely is the chance of corruption. In addition, the more powerful one is in Congress, the more likely is the chance of corruption. This article concludes that corruption follows opportunity. In general, the more opportunity members of Congress have to engage in corruption, the more they will ultimately succumb to corruption.|
|Keywords:||Corruption; ethics investigations; opportunity; US Congress|
|Rights:||Copyright © American Society for Public Administration|
|Appears in Collections:||Politics publications|
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