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University of Miami ABSCAM and Keating Five Ethics and Morals Quiz Questions

1. What is the difference between ABSCAM and Keating Five?

2. How does the role of a member of Congress different if they are (a:) an emissary or (b) a trustee?

3. What as ABSCAM?

4. What is the strongest argument in favor of negative campaigning?

5. What is the Keating Five?

6. Define conflict of interest as reported from the House of Representatives.

7. Describe the “fudge factor”

8. What are three reasons why metric manipulation occurs?

9. Analyze the case below separately using five of the ethical principles (see list of principles attached) discussed in the text:

You are an assistant director in a local rehabilitation program for teenage drug abusers. The goal of the program is to return a client to the community when the professional teams are convinced that the individual can remain drug free. Recently a treatment team’s decision to discharge a young woman from the program was strongly objected to by her parents. Adamant about continuing program treatment for the young woman, the parents used influence with a legislator on the appropriations committee to bring pressure on the agency head. You are the intermediary between the agency head and the treatment teams. The agency head has asked you to intervene and halt discharge plans. What would you do? (Source: adapted from J. Svara, The Ethics Primer. 2015, p. 50).

10. What is the (a) downside and (b) upside of public exposure of the private lives of public officials?

11. What are three of the six forms of gaming?

12. Are modern day presidents and legislators more accurately characterized as emissaries or trustees?


Public Service Ethics: Individual and Institutional Responsibilities

Chapter 11, “Ethics and Elected Officials” (pp. 228-255)

Chapter 12, “Organizational Gaming and Performing Measurement” (pp. 256-278)

Bowman, J. S., & West, J. P. (2015).

Blind Spots

Chapter 6, “Placing False Hope in the ‘Ethical Organization’” (pp. 100-127)

Chapter 7, “Why We Fail to Fix Our Corrupted Institutions” (pp. 128-151)

Bazerman, M., & Tenbrunsel, A. (2011).

To Serve with Honor: Doing the Right Thing in Government

Chapter 8, “Why Do Good Leaders Do Bad Things?” (pp. 105-114)

Newell, T. (2015).

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