Christopher Gale (GSM London, London, UK)
Alexandra Dobson (Department of Law, Accounting and Finance, University of South Wales, Newport, Wales)

International Journal of Law and Management

ISSN: 1754-243X

Article publication date: 9 March 2015



Gale, C. and Dobson, A. (2015), "Editorial", International Journal of Law and Management, Vol. 57 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLMA-01-2015-0005



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Article Type: Editorial From: International Journal of Law and Management, Volume 57, Issue 2

This issue starts with an article from Ilene Goldberg writes from Rider University, New Jersey, in the USA an article entitled “The Affordable Care Act: Triumphs and Tribulations”. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is designed to provide most Americans with an access to affordable health care. This paper discusses key provisions of the ACA and the obstacles faced by the federal government in achieving its goal. The “triumphs and tribulations” have been well documented at a journalistic level worldwide, and this rather more fully informed piece makes for interesting reading.

Second, Ameneh Malmir and Mohammed Malmir writing from Iran speak about “Government’s civil liability towards individuals privacy in cyberspace.” Arguing that developing economic and social interaction requires government to interfere in people’s private affairs; the issues that were formerly part of the private rights of citizens are now influenced by public rights and actions resulting from government’s regulation, this makes for interesting reading both from the perspective of the country from which the article is written and internationally.

Next, Patience Abor from University of Ghana Business School in Accra, Ghana, offers an article on “The effects of healthcare governance and ownership structure on the performance of hospitals in Ghana”. The results of the study indicate that hospitals with a governing board perform better than those without a governing board. The results of this study also suggest that board characteristics and ownership structure are important in explaining the performance of hospitals in Ghana. The results further indicate that mission-based and private hospitals with effective board governance structures, exhibit better performance than public hospitals. This article is of particular interest juxtaposed with Ilene Goldberg’s work in this issue and having regard to the theme of corporate governance permeating other contributions.

Finally, David Lewis, of Middlesex University in the UK, writes “Is a public interest test for workplace whistleblowing in society’s interest?”. Content of the interesting article is topical and as would be expected from the title in content!

The editors frequently muse at the apparently wideranging themes of articles submitted to the Journal. They also then muse about the true similarities of theme and thrust once you get below the surface – and rejoice in the choice and diversity of the examples of these themes they are able to bring for your enjoyment.

Christopher Gale and Alexandra Dobson

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