Whistleblowing, organisational harm and the self-regulating organisation

Pembertion, Simon; Tombs, Steve; Chan, Ming Ming Joiy and Seal, Lizzie (2012). Whistleblowing, organisational harm and the self-regulating organisation. Policy and Politics, 40(2) pp. 263–279.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1332/147084411X581835


Whistleblowing has emerged as a key element of regulatory strategy. This article provides a brief, theoretical analysis of the claimed affinities between whistleblowing, self-regulation and corporate social responsibility. It then addresses a series of key issues in relation to whistleblowing: the individual, organisational and social characteristics associated with the decision to blow the whistle (or not); the consequences of reporting organisational harm for whistleblowers; and the robustness of legal protections for those who report such harm. Finally, it raises a series of challenges to the idea, reality and potential of whistleblowing as part of an effective self-regulatory strategy.

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