Understanding the Basics of Public Service Ethics Laws

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Ethics laws are designed to preserve the public’s trust in its public institutions and those who serve in them by setting a framework to guide conduct and behavior. This guide discusses several types of ethics laws and principles and their important role in public service.

As a convenience, individual chapters from Understanding the Basics of Public Services Ethics Laws are also available:

The Institute is very grateful to the law firms whose commitment to the Institute’s work and financial support made this free resource possible. 

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Understanding Personal Financial Gain Laws

This piece explains California ethics laws relating to personal financial gain and public office.

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Understanding Transparency Laws

This piece explains California ethics laws relating to public agency transparency.

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Understanding Fair Process Laws and Merit-Based Decision-Making

This piece explains California ethics laws relating to fair processes laws and public office.

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Thank You to Our Sponsors!
2013 Edition of the Basics of Public Service Ethics Laws

ILG would like to thank our partners for their sponsorship of the 2013 edition of The Basics of Public Service Ethics Laws. Meet the ILG’s partners who sponsored this resource.

Recognizing support in a key Institute work product is one way we publically thank our Partners and let city and county officials know of the Partners’ support.

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