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Whistleblowing: An Issue of Social Policy

Gerald Vinten (Whitbread Professor of Business Policy, University of Luton)

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ISSN: 0144-333X

Article publication date: 1 May 1993


The topic of whistleblowing is achieving prominence as a question of social policy. Some influential voices are suggesting that far from whistleblowing — informing on organisations —, being socially undesirable, it may in certain circumstances be an activity deserving high praise. Inevitably it entails huge risks to the activist, and these risks need to be personally and carefully considered. John Banham, Director General of the Confederation of British Industry, wrote in support of the Social Audit report on the subject (Winfield 1990), and a committee established by the Speaker of the House of Commons has suggested the possibility of honouring whistleblowers in the British Honours system for their good corporate citizenship. There have also been landmark reports in America, Australia and Canada (Leahy 1978, Electoral and Administrative Review Commission 1990, Ontario Law Reform Commission 1986).


Vinten, G. (1993), "Whistleblowing: An Issue of Social Policy", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 13 No. 5/6, pp. 53-107.




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