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Unformatted text preview: III.E. Kaikati, “The Phenomenon of International III.E. Kaikati, “The Phenomenon of International Bribery,” EIE 330332 Bribery and Extortion Bribery and Extortion Bribery is voluntary Extortion is not voluntary Lubrication bribe & Whitemail bribe Lubrication bribe & Whitemail bribe Lubrication bribe is a legal (and expected) “token of appreciation” Ostensibly to thank the government official for doing such a good job In some countries, this is a common practice on a par with tipping • Kaikati thinks these are ethically permissible Whitemail is what we generally think of as a bribe: giving the official large amounts of money under the table Think Salt Lake City and the IOC So, So, Lubrication “bribes” are ethically permissible In some countries, it’s difficult or They aren’t really bribes at all impossible to get anything done without also giving whitemail bribes So what does the professional do in these circumstances? 1. When in Rome… I.e., do whatever 1. When in Rome… I.e., do whatever everybody else is doing 1: Your code of conduct forbids whitemail bribes (NSPE II.5.b), but seems to allow tokens of appreciation to be given where expected 2: In those countries, bribing government officials is still considered “corruption” If one’s professional duties are justified, then they remain in force regardless of the setting No one likes the practice, except those receiving the bribes 2. Obey your professional duties as 2. Obey your professional duties as stated in the Code of Ethics: don’t give bribes
1: Puts you at a competitive disadvantage But then again, the unethical professional almost always has a competitive advantage, at least in the short run ...
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This note was uploaded on 07/06/2010 for the course PHIL 210B taught by Professor Koperski during the Winter '09 term at Saginaw Valley.
- Winter '09