A Novel Approach to Business-Government Relationships
Jay A. Sigler and Joseph E. Murphy
In 1988 the Sigler- Murphy book Interactive Corporate Compliance was published to provide a fresh look at the topic of governmental regulation and deregulation of business. In the book's subtitle the authors intended to emphasize that there was a workable "alternative to regulatory compulsion." Fortunately, many of the reviewers who read and analyzed the book agreed that it provided a new and provocative approach to one of the central problems of business-government relationships in modern America. However, because more specific examples and more detailed cases were needed to guide business leaders and government officials, this second book builds on the first by giving prominent figures an opportunity to share their perspectives on the possibilities to be found in interactive compliance.
Many groups and individuals are interested in exploring the current meaning and scope of cooperative approaches to corporate compliance. On April 21, 1990, some of the most concerned people were brought together for a conference at New York University's Leonard Stern School of Business. The conference, held under the auspices of the Samuel and May Rudin Foundation, the Stern School, and the Business Ethics Study Team, Inc., was a major event in the spread and elaboration of the ideas originally presented in the 1988 book. These ideas are gathered here for the first time, along with the observations and