Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Arthur B. Gunlicks

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert H. Horgan

Third Advisor

Dr. John T. Whelan


Finding solutions to conflict of interest situations is a never ending task. The basic difficulty revolves around the fact that each situation is somewhat different from another. What may be statutory relief for one situation may not be relief for another. This paper attempts to examine the possibility of statutory relief and presents certain selected examples of federal and state level legislation in the conflict of interest area. We begin with a general analysis of "gray-zone" conflict of interest and conclude with an evaluation of certain federal and state responses to conflict of interest situations.