Bribery in North and South America
A look at the concepts and practices of bribery of American business people in Latin America including language, traditions, ethics, bureaucracy and the case of Rep. Dan Rostenkowski.
# 21299 | 2,025 words | 7 sources | 1994 |
Published on Feb 25, 2003 in Latin-American Studies (General) , Business (General) , Ethics (General)
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From the Paper:"Ethics change without rhyme or reason - or so it must seem to Dan Rostenkowski, the soon-to-be former Congressman (D-Illinois), who has not only been voted out of office after over thirty years, but faces an array of federal charges for corruption as his valedictory. Rostenkowski's response to the indictments is "it was business as usual on the Hill, not corruption" (Borger 38). The representative from Chicago may be cleared when he has his day in court, but, clearly, he has failed to distinguish the changing mores of the times.
So, too, do Americans fail to distinguish the differences in local ethics as they conduct their business affairs around the globe. As the world shrinks, with NAFTAs and GATTs providing the impetus, United States commercial concerns find it increasingly important to recognize the dividing line between "business as..."
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