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Whistleblowing: When It Works-And Why

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Adult/High School-Supported by a dozen years of research and study, Johnson matches her findings with individual case studies to explore the history and current status of whistleblowing in America. Concentrating on the public sector, she cites examples that are both familiar (the Challenger tragedy) and less well known (the 1994 Northridge, CA, earthquake). Chapters examine the informers' motivations, how their actions affect public agencies and their practices, protective laws, and how the U.S. encourages whistleblowing elsewhere in the world. Each chapter concludes with a "Tying It All Together" section that neatly summarizes the preceding information and introduces the next topic. The book includes a page of hot-line posters plus reprints of two New Yorker cartoons. The content in this book is sure to spark debate in forums from ethics to sociology to politics.
Dori DeSpain, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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With the public's attention drawn to the scandals of Enron, Worldcom, and other corporate giants, there is renewed interest in whistleblowing. In her timely new book, the author (politics, Univ. of San Francisco) focuses on the public sector, but her analysis and conclusions are easily transferred to whistleblowing in the private sector. Employing a series of case studies (two per topic) such as the failed O-rings of the Challenger disaster and contamination at the Hanford nuclear waste site, Johnson presents brief but informative portraits of the whistleblowers, their motives, the circumstances of each case, and the consequences of whistleblowing for the agency and the person, as well as the rules, regulations, or laws surrounding the issue. Johnson also applies theories developed by other scholars in an effort to determine when and why whistleblowing is successful. The writing is scholarly but accessible. Though Johnson ends on something of a down note about the present state of whistleblower protection, this is an important book worthy of a wide, thoughtful audience. Recommended for public and academic libraries.
Thomas J. Baldino, Wilkes Univ., Wilkes-Barre, PA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Pub (December 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588261395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588261397
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ruth A. Tucker on June 14, 2007
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This book is a fascinating study of whistleblowing--though it perhaps focuses too much on the big-name cases. Nevertheless anyone who is contemplating blowing the whistle on the boss ought to read and study the ins and outs of this course of action. It's not an easy road as I have discovered in my own whistle-blogging ("My Calvin Seminary Story"). Unlike the books on the legal side of the issue, this volume is very approachable to ordinary workin' stiffs. I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah M Greenwood on February 10, 2013
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A wonderful book for someone contemplating the act of whistle blowing. Very well written and researched although I didn't always agree with her analysis or interpretation of events.
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