Update: Part 4 of Trump Financial Ethics Watch Series

October 17th, 2017 by Kara in Case Studies

By: Ryan Sim President Trump is apparently not taking steps to rid the worrisome conflicts of interest associated with his administration. The problems will not go away unless there are concerted bipartisan calls for reform. Regardless of political leanings, a transparent, accountable government is essential for societal welfare. Ethics is an Indispensable Policy Gauge Ethical standards are a universal language to voice our otherwise ineffable outrage towards corruption. Champions of moral relativism will argue ethical standards are arbitrary as an evaluative tool for public policy. However, value judgments are embedded in every legislative ...

When Businessmen Rule the State

May 11th, 2017 by Kara in Case Studies, Essays

  By: Kara Tan Bhala Striking parallels between two billionaire businessmen heads of state, now exiled Thaksin Shinawatra and Donald Trump. Part 3 of SPI’s Trump Financial Ethics Watch Series “If you monitor what Donald Trump is saying, he’s bluffing, the man. That’s really the culture of a businessman.” While there is “some similarity” between Thaksin Shinawatra, Financial Times Thaksin Shinawatra: Billionaire Businessman Turned Politician Thaksin Shinawatra was elected as prime minister of Thailand in 2001. He was a businessman billionaire who made his vast fortune in telecoms. Espousing populist views, he cynically seized political advantage ...

Ethics Analysis: Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

February 16th, 2017 by Kara in Case Studies

By: Michelle Chan Part 1 in SPI’s Trump Financial Ethics Watch Series Donald Trump’s Conflicts of Interest As President Donald Trump has adjusted to his first month in the White House, a host of questions have arisen about the future of his multi-billion dollar empire during his time in the Oval Office. After all, President Trump represents something entirely new in the White House; he will be the first president to be actively involved in over 500 local and global companies (as listed on his FEC filing) with ongoing litigation against his businesses and a ...