Award Date

5-1-2012

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Public Administration

First Committee Member

Lee Bernick

Second Committee Member

David Damore

Third Committee Member

Christopher Stream

Fourth Committee Member

Dina Titus

Number of Pages

197

Abstract

Several empirical analyses have explored corruption in government to determine the factors that contribute to corrupt behavior of elected officials.

This study will focus, explore, and enhance the research on the causes of public corruption among elected county commissioners by examining four domains of corruption causality: individual characteristics of elected officials, county government characteristics, county government fiscal performance, and community characteristics. This study will attempt to determine if General Strain Theory can provide a theoretical framework for understanding the causes of public corruption and, to what degree it can predict whether elected county officials will engage in corrupt behavior.

Keywords

County commissioner; County officials and employees; General strain theory; Political corruption; Public corruption; Public officers

Disciplines

American Politics | Public Administration

Language

English


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