Chapter 7: Retrospective and forecast
This chapter explores how a knowledgeable observer might have evaluated the whistleblower provision of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA) at the time of its passage. It also suggests what an astute observer might have predicted about the successes and failures of the law. The knowledgeable observer is aware of the background and character of the law explored in the previous chapters; and the astute observer critically examines the relationship between that history and the content of the law to speculate what problems might arise. Put together as one, this knowledgeable and astute observer provides us with both a retrospective and a forecast regarding the successes and failures of this groundbreaking whistleblower provision. This chapter thus introduces several of the issues considered in subsequent chapters.
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