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The Gift Equation: You, the Giver and the Public (2010)
  • Stephanie Witt, Boise State University
One of the critical ways that the public sector differs from the private sector is in the rules regarding the receipt of gifts. In the private sector, it is common practice to send clients, potential clients and those who refer business your way a token of your thanks for doing business with your firm. This common private sector practice, however, can spell trouble in the public sector. Most state laws forbid the receipt of gifts in exchange for an official action (we call that bribery), but the ethical dilemmas extend to the casual gifts that are not in exchange for an official action.
  • ethics
Publication Date
March 9, 2010
Citation Information
Stephanie Witt. "The Gift Equation: You, the Giver and the Public" (2010)
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