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Widespread Government Corruption: When is it Time to Leave Your Job?
A recent college graduate encounters a culture of corruption in her first job in local government.
Amanda Nelson
Unequal Work Distribution: Gender Discrimination in Work Assignments
Interns must decide how to handle a sexist supervisor.
Saayeli Mukherji
The Influence of Partisan Politics on Government
The Public Sector Roundtable hosts former Republican Congressman Mickey Edwards
View From Sacramento
Materials from a meeting of the Public Sector Roundtable on how state and local government can work together
Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls in Government Service
Questions that public officials should ask before making a decision
Joe Simitian and Judy Nadler
How the State Legislature Impacts Local Government
How empathy can help state and local legislators work together more effectively
Joe Simitian and Judy Nadler
Ethical Challenges in the City Manager/City Councilmember Relationship
Three scenarios depicting typical ethical issues that arise between councilmembers and managers
Frank Benest
Effective Council/Manager Relations
Materials from a meeting of the Pubic Sector Roundtable
city manager, city council
Do's and Don'ts for City Managers and City Councilmembers
Advice for new city officials from an advisor to the International City/County Management Association
Frank Benest
Ten New Rules for Elected Officials in Times of Economic Meltdown
Senior adviser to the International City/County Management Association advises public servants to focus on the core.
Frank Benest
Old Guard vs. New Guard
A dynamic new city manager comes into conflict with the previous city manager, now elected to the city council. One policy they disagree about: the need for a city code of ethics and values.
Judy Nadler
Handling Council Critics
Does incivility violate a city's code of ethics?
Jason Wu
Personal Lives of Public Officials
Ethical issues at the boundary between a politician's personal and public behavior
Judy Nadler and Miriam Schulman
An introduction to the ethical issues for public officials.
Judy Nadler and Miriam Schulman
Civil Disagreement
A case exploring the limits of public debate
Judy Nadler
Name Calling on the Council
When the mayor and a councilmember disagree vociferously, is it unacceptable conduct or just the normal rough and tumble of politics?
Judy Nadler
Councilmember and the Manager
A city councilmember must decide if he can impartially review the performance of the city manager.
Judy Nadler
Relationships Between Elected Officials and Staff
An introduction to the ethical issues that arise between city or county staff and councilmembers or supervisors.
Judy Nadler and Miriam Schulman
The Case of the Extra Mile
Ethics case addressing the work-life balance for public employees.
Kirk O. Hanson
The Case of the Mangled Data
Ethics case addressing the responsibility of public employees to provide accurate information.
Kirk O. Hanson
The Mayor and the Manager
A case exploring the proper relationship between city councilmembers and city staff.
Judy Nadler
Sex in the City
Is an elected official's personal life legitimately "private"?
Judy Nadler