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Type: Journal article
Title: Does corruption follow opportunity? A study of the U.S. Congress
Author: Praino, R.
Graycar, A.
Citation: Public Integrity, 2018; 20(5):478-496
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 1099-9922
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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
RMID: 0030119309
DOI: 10.1080/10999922.2017.1402169
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