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A Teaching Topic in Ethics and Accountability

Conflict of Interest

This topic deals with ethical challenges surrounding the existence of apparent and actual conflicts of interest in public sector management. Conflicts of interest in the public service occurs when a public servant exercises an official power, duty or function that provides an opportunity to further his or her private interests or to improperly further another person's private interests.

Recommended Reading (University of Toronto PPG 2011)

Andrew Stark, Conflict of Interest in American Public Life (Harvard University Press, 2000), 1-6; 21-27, 250-262.  

Lawrence Rosen, “Understanding Corruption,” American Interest (Spring 2010), 78-82

Jaime Cárdenas, “Parliamentary Incompatibilities and Conflicts of Interest in Mexico,” in Irma E. Sandoval, ed., Contemporary Debates on Corruption and Transparency (Institute for Social Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico; World Bank, 2011)

Source: University of Toronto PPG 2011 Syllabus

Page Created By: Ben Eisen on 6 August, 2013


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