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A Global Approach To Public Interest Disclosure

What Can We Learn from Existing Whistleblowing Legislation and Research?

David B. Lewis

Edited by David B. Lewis, Professor of Employment Law, Middlesex University, UK

2010 192 pp Hardback 978 1 84844 899 5
ebook isbn 978 1 84980 697 8

Hardback £73.00 on-line price £65.70


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‘In this book, David Lewis brings together leading international experts to address the state of whistleblowing law and policy in America, Europe, Australia and South Africa. As well as outlining recent changes to whistleblowing laws and reporting major whistleblower studies, the contributors mount convincing criticisms of current laws and suggest some significant reforms. This book will provoke new thinking among those who view whistleblowing as an important practice, as well as those who are sceptical about its value in organizational life.’
– Rodney Smith, The University of Sydney, Australia

Contributors: A.J. Brown, P. Cassematis, T.M. Dworkin, D.B. Lewis, P. Mazerolle, J. McMullen, M.P. Miceli, J.P. Near, P. Roberts, M. Skivenes, S. Trygstad, T. Uys, W. Vandekerckhove

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This timely and important book assesses the impact of legislation on public interest disclosures internationally, as well as setting an agenda for future research on whistleblowing.

Combining both theoretical and practical methods, this unique book offers a detailed examination of some of the key statutory provisions in the UK and explores the way courts have interpreted them. The expert contributors compare the UK model with the different approaches taken in Australia, the US as well as the rest of Europe, and focus on the lessons that can be learned from the current practice of whistleblowing. They evaluate the contents and application of confidential reporting/whistleblowing procedures, and draw upon significant empirical research.

This book will be of great interest to academics, postgraduate students, practitioners and policymakers in the fields of employment law, human resource management, business ethics and corporate governance.

Full table of contents



1. Introduction
David B. Lewis

2. Ten Years of Employment Protection for Whistleblowers in the UK: A View from the Employment Appeal Tribunal
His Honour Judge Jeremy McMullen QC

3. European Whistleblower Protection: Tiers or Tears?
Wim Vandekerckhove

4. US Whistleblowing: A Decade of Progress?
Terry Morehead Dworkin

5. The Australian Legislative Experience
Peter Roberts and A.J. Brown

6. When do Observers of Organizational Wrongdoing Step Up? Recent US Research on the Factors Associated with Whistleblowing
Marcia P. Miceli and Janet P. Near

7. Loyalty and Whistleblowing in Norway: How Roles Come into Play
Marit Skivenes and Sissel Trygstad

8. Speaking Truth to Power: The Whistleblower as Organizational Citizen in South Africa
Tina Uys

9. ‘Whistle While You Work’: Lessons to be Learned from the Pan-Australian Research
Paul Mazerolle and Peter Cassematis

10. Conclusion
David B. Lewis


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