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This is an introduction to some of the resources that may be helpful in your research.  We’d be happy to assist you with additional materials available at the State Library.  Please call us at 860-757-6500 or e-mail us at

Governor Rell has made ethics in state government a matter of primary concern in her administration.  Click here to view her press releases on the subject.

State Library Resources

The State Library has extensive resources available in paper, microform and/or online formats.  For a listing of those resources related to ethics in government, search our online catalog using the following subjects :

Campaign Funds -- Connecticut
Civil Service Ethics
Conflict of Interests
Connecticut -- Officials and employees -- Professional ethics
Political Ethics

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Full-text of the following sampling of publications is available through our online catalog :

Connecticut's Legislative Ethics Committee, by Sandra Norman-Eady, Office of Legislative Research, 2008.

Legislative Codes of Conduct, by Sandra Norman-Eady, Office of Legislative Research, 2008.

Ethical Conflict of Interest, by Sandra Norman-Eady, Office of Legislative Research, 2007.

Guide to the Code of Ethics for Legislators, Connecticut Office of State Ethics, 2007.

Guide to the Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees, Connecticut Office of State Ethics, 2007.

Executive Order No. 1, issued by Governor M. Jodi Rell on July 1, 2004.

Governor’s State Contracting Reform Task Force

Created in July of 2004, consisting of legislators, representatives from the private sector and heads of state agencies involved in the contracting process.


Final Report submitted on September 1, 2004, with an index to the comments of task force members
 on the draft final report

Summary Chart : Construction, Design/Build and Special Legislation Contracts Awarded from 1995 to 2003,
created by Dept. of Public Works in April of 2004.

These publications are a sampling of those available in paper and/or microform format at the State Library :

          Combating Corruption, Encouraging Ethics : A Practical Guide to Management Ethics, edited by William L. Richter and Frances Burke, 2007.
          [CSL Call Number JK468 .E7 C64 2007]  Table of Contents available online.

          Coining Corruption; The Making of the American Campaign Finance System by Kurt Hohenstein, 2007.
          [CSL Call Number JK 1991 .H57 2007]  Table of Contents available online.

          Ethics and Public Policy : Method and Cases, by William T. Bluhm and Robert A. Heineman, 2007.
          [CSL Call Number JF1525 .E8 B58 2007]  Table of Contents available online.

          The Institutional Economics of Corruption and Reform : Theory, Evidence and Policy, by Johann Graf Lambsdorff, 2007.
          [CSL Call Number JF1525 .C66 L36 2007]  Table of Contents available online.

An Overview of the Senate Code of Conduct and Related Laws, Select Committee on Ethics, United States Senate, 110th Congress, first session, 2007.
[CSL Call Number Federal Documents Y 4.ET 3/4:S.PRT.110-16]  Earlier editions also available.

Ethics in U.S. Government : an Encyclopedia of Investigations, Scandals, Reforms and Legislation, by Robert North Roberts, 2001.
[CSL Call Number GIRS Ref  JK468.E7 R556 2001]

Codes of Professional Responsibility, edited by Rena A. Gorlin, 1994. [CSL Call Number BJ1725.C57 1994]

Professional Responsibility Reference Guide : Connecticut Rules of Professional Conduct, Formal Ethics Opinions, Informal Ethics Opinions, Connecticut Bar Association, c1993-
[CSL Call Number LawVault  KFC3676.5.A2 P7 1993]

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Electronic Journals

Use your public or State Library card barcode to access where you will find full-text journal and newspaper articles.

The State Library subscribes to an extensive variety of electronic journals, which are only accessible through public computer terminals at the State Library.  Our Electronic Journals page details the titles, available dates and coverage.  Pertinent titles with information on ethics include :

Administration & Society

American Political Science Review



Governing ( Washington, D.C. ) Also available in paper format at the State Library, [CSL Call Number FedDocs Y 3.ET 3:15]

New England Journal of Political Science

Political behavior

Political Science Quarterly

Public Management

Public Manager ( Potomac, Md )



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Related Agencies/Organizations

Annotated Resource List for Ethics
Compiled by the League of Women Voters of Connecticut .

Center for Ethics in Government
State-by-state data on legislative ethics laws in seven major categories, compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission
Includes highlights of the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act.

Connecticut Judicial Branch Ethics Policies
See also information on the Judicial Review Council.

Connecticut Office of State Ethics
This new office administers and enforces a Code of Ethics for Public Officials and a Code of Ethics for Lobbyists.  Includes compiled reports with lists of registered lobbyists and advisory opinions from the former State Ethics Commission.

State Elections Enforcement Commission
Created to ensure the integrity of the state’s electoral process.

Statewide Grievance Committee
Reviews, investigates and adjudicates attorney ethics matters.

Follow the Money
The National Institute on Money in State Politics presents its new legislative committee analysis tool to match campaign-finance information with winning candidates who serve on legislative committees.

United States Office of Government Ethics
The supervising office for the executive branch of the U.S. Government.

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Prepared by the Government Information and Reference Services Unit, page revised 4/2009.