Book: The Appearance of Impropriety

Morgan and Reynolds put the ‘Ethics Establishment’ on trial and find it wanting. The establishment in question is the network of federal regulations, federal regulators, lawyers, public interest groups, and corporations that has grown up since the Watergate scandal and which is concerned with the appearance of wrongdoing as much, or more than, actual wrongdoing itself.

The authors charge that a focus on appearances rather than substance is the principal cause of the loss of trust in government and business in the later part of the 20th century.

They conclude with a back-to-basics set of recommendations for curing the ills appearance-based ethics has engendered.

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