The Successes and Failures of Whistleblower Laws
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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.
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Chapter 10: Institutional failure

Robert G. Vaughn


Many whistleblower provisions, addressing public- and private-sectors or both, rely on administrative agencies. Some agencies have responsibilities for the receipt and investigation of complaints of misconduct or corruption. The responses of law enforcement and regulatory agencies often determine the efficacy of whistleblowers’ disclosures. Administrative agencies charged with implementation of whistleblower laws also have responsibilities to protect those who make disclosures. The performance of these agencies affects the success or failure of a whistleblower law to identify misconduct and protect those who report it.

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