Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Program Name

Public Administration

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Christi Scott Bartman


This study compares and contrasts ethics cases in the House of Representatives in two different time periods: 1798-1966 and 1967-2004. The purpose of this is to establish whether or not the formation of a permanent Ethics Committee in the House in 1967 and the following Congressional reform movement are acting as mediating variables causing a sharp increase in conduct cases being brought before the House since 1967. To do this, the exact number and types of ethics cases in the House will be taken from a historical summary prepared by the House, which lists all ethics cases officially recorded for the time periods listed. Findings suggest that there is indeed a strong correlation between the formation of the Ethics Committee and the Congressional reform movement, and a dramatic increase in ethics cases brought before the House. Additionally, there is evidence that media exposure and the purely political aspects of the ethics process are further contributing to an increase in ethics cases in the House after 1967.



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