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DOI: 10.47026/2499-9636-2022-2-1-7

Antonovskaya E.A., Lavrenteva S.V.

Conflict of Interest in the Civil Service

Keywords: conflict of interest, civil service, civil servant, personal interest, prevention of conflicts of interest, managing conflicts of interest, corruption

In conditions of complexity and expansion of state influence on various spheres of society, there is an increase in the number of relationships between state authorities and various entities, which leads to interwoven interests resulting in a conflict of interests in the civil service when personal interests take priority over official duties. The importance of studying the conflict of interests lies in the fact that an unresolved conflict of interests causes a set of problems, one of which is corruption, which in turn results in a large number of negative consequences that are reflected in all spheres of society. Also, owing to the unresolved conflict of interests, the interests of society are ignored in order to satisfy the narrow interests of a civil servant. It undermines the credibility of public authorities in the public eye. The article reveals the relevance of studying the conflict of interests in the civil service, analyzes the normative definition of the concepts of "conflict of interests", "personal interest", considers the shortcomings in the legislation concerning these concepts, and also suggests ways to eliminate them. The article identifies the causes of the spread of a conflict of interest, considers the negative consequences associated with its occurrence and ways to prevent it in the civil service. The study proposes a set of measures to resolve the conflict of interests aimed at its primary prevention. A conclusion is made about the necessity of introducing new measures to resolve the conflict of interests in the civil service system in order not only to manage the conflict of interests that has already arisen, but also to prevent and avoid it, which will lead to better performing duties in the civil service.

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About authors

Antonovskaya Elena A.
Candidate of Economic Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of State and Municipal Administration and Regional Economics, Chuvash State University, Russia, Cheboksary (buyanova-e@bk.ru; ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7092-8427)
Lavrentieva Svetlana V.
3rd year Student, Economics Faculty, Chuvash State University, Russia, Cheboksary (ssvetlana04@mail.ru; )

Article link

Antonovskaya E.A., Lavrenteva S.V. Conflict of Interest in the Civil Service [Electronic resource] // Oeconomia et Jus. – 2022. – №2. P. 1-7. – URL: http://oecomia-et-jus.ru/en/single/2022/2/1/. DOI: 10.47026/2499-9636-2022-2-1-7.