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 16: Old issues – new controversies

Robert G. Vaughn

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


This conceptual framework identifies different perspectives of whistleblower protection and examines how those perspectives influence the character of legal standards and the scope of protections. Four perspectives – an employment one, an open-government one, a market-regulation one, and a human rights one – provide this framework. These perspectives do not simply label aspects of whistleblower laws; instead they emphasize differing justifications for whistleblower laws. Each perspective draws upon its own rhetoric and may engage contrasting groups of political actors and civil society groups. Each perspective presents different criteria for success and failure.

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