Government Ethics and Law Enforcement: Toward Global Guidelines

Government Ethics and Law Enforcement: Toward Global Guidelines

Government Ethics and Law Enforcement: Toward Global Guidelines

Government Ethics and Law Enforcement: Toward Global Guidelines

Synopsis

Recognizing that the quality of governance is a crucial factor in the overall development of a country, experts on government ethics and law enforcement examine the principles that need to be applied to create more effective and efficient governments. While focusing on the approaches adopted by the City of New York, case studies from around the world are also given.

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Rudolph W. Giuliani

Corruption and unethical behavior prevent any government from efficiently and effectively serving the needs of its citizens. In addition, corruption undermines respect for the rule of law and for the democratic process that are the very core of our system of government. Controlling this evil successfully is a constant challenge for any government. Yet any government that does not devote itself to this effort is in danger of sowing the seeds of its own destruction.

Throughout its history, New York City has struggled, with greater or lesser success, to overcome the forces of corruption, whether in the form of organized crime, corrupt political clubs and bosses, or among the ranks of the City's public servants. We have come a long way from the days of the venal William Marcy "Boss" Tweed and the "honest graft" espoused by George Washington Plunkett of the infamous Tammany Hall.

For more than a century and a half, New York City has been the principal gateway for new immigrants from around the world who are drawn to America in search of a better life for themselves and their families. This is as true today as it was a century ago, and it is one of the principal factors that contribute to the greatness of New York City. Every nation in the world, every religion, every culture, every language and every ethnic group is represented in our great City. Indeed, this is one of the principal reasons why New York City is recognized as the capital of the world.

Yet just as every nation and community of the world has contributed something of its character and culture to New York, so is the City a patchwork of the crime problems and criminal organizations of the world as well. The Mafia may be the best-known example of local organized crime, but New York is not . . .

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