International Handbook on Whistleblowing Research
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International Handbook on Whistleblowing Research

Edited by A. J. Brown, David Lewis, Richard E. Moberly and Wim Vandekerckhove

In the modern age of institutions, whistleblowing is now established as one of the most important processes – if not the single most important process – by which governments and corporations are kept accountable to the societies they are meant to serve. This essential Handbook provides researchers and policy makers from around the world with a comprehensive overview of the state of our knowledge regarding this vital process. In addition to drawing from the last 30 years of progressively more systematic research into whistleblowing, it also provides cutting-edge analysis of the conceptual and practical challenges that researchers will want to confront in the next decade.
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Chapter 20: Research that whistleblowers want – and what they need

Brian Martin


In 2011, I received this email: I am a whistleblower who has been forced into the state industrial commission to fight for a workers’ compensation claim that was denied in February 2010. I represented myself after having legal representation who dropped my case in the review stage as they believed I didn’t have a chance of winning … Can you suggest any type of help? Then there was this one: As a whistleblower being put through the wringer, and this has occurred over a long period of time now, I think you can appreciate the nature and lack of information contained in this email … I’m scared. If I may, I’m a professional investigator of over 20 years experience. I’m amazed, though probably shouldn’t be, that I’ve tabled evidence that is being ignored, including by national and international bodies. Though as I’m sure you appreciate, ain’t I coppin’ it as a result? And this one: I am a former nurse, and I am contacting you in the hope that you will be able to give me advice regarding some whistle blowing that I have undertaken … I have decided to write a book about my experiences and am writing to you in the hope that you could advise me or give me the name of a lawyer who would be able to advise me as to the scope, boundaries and limitations of what can be published.

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