Description - Whistleblowing in the Australian Public Sector by J. Brown
Of the many challenges in public sector management, few are as complex as
the management of whistleblowing. Because it can lead to the discovery and
rectification of wrongdoing, public interest whistleblowing is widely
acknowledged as being positive for organisations and for society at large.
However, the conflicts and reprisal risks often associated with
whistleblowing also support a widespread belief that every whistleblower is
destined to suffer, and nothing can be done to protect them from reprisals.
Even if they did it once, sensible employees are often seen as unlikely to
ever blow the whistle a second time around.
The extensive research in this book reveals a more complex and,
fortunately, more positive picture. The product of one of the world's most
comprehensive research projects on whistleblowing, evidence from over 8,000
public servants in over 100 federal, state and local government agencies
shows that whistleblowers can and do survive, and that often their role is highly
valued. Public sector managers face significant challenges in better managing
and protecting whistleblowers. There is great variation between the many
public agencies making the effort, and the many agencies where the outcomes -
for managers and whistleblowers alike - are still likely to be grim. This
book is compulsory reading for all public sector managers who wish to turn
this negative trend around, and for anyone interested in public
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