The Successes and Failures of Whistleblower Laws

The Successes and Failures of Whistleblower Laws

Robert G. Vaughn

Drawing on literature from several disciplines, this enlightening book examines the history of whistleblower laws throughout the world and provides an analytical structure for the most common debates about the nature of such laws and their potential successes and failures.

Chapter 1: Successes and failures

Robert G. Vaughn

Subjects: law - academic, comparative law, criminal law and justice, labour, employment law, politics and public policy, public policy

Extract

This book gives an interested reader a variety of ways to evaluate the successes and failures of a particular whistleblower law, to appraise types of whistleblower laws, and to assess the merits of whistleblowing. All of these tasks require awareness of competing purposes of such laws and differing perceptions of whistleblowing. An extensive examination of the multitude of whistleblower laws and regulations now found throughout the world risks emphasizing details, the mastery of which does not necessarily enable the reader to judge success or failure. Even the listing of criteria deprives a reader of the ability to select criteria and to weigh them. For these reasons, this book introduces the competing and overlapping perspectives that guide any evaluation, the richness of scholarly and practical considerations of these laws, and the vagaries of persons and events that have stamped the character of whistleblower laws.

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