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Challenges confronting whistleblowing and the international civil servant

Moloney, K.ORCID: 0000-0002-2024-3339, Bowman, J.S. and West, J.P. (2018) Challenges confronting whistleblowing and the international civil servant. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 39 (4). pp. 611-634.

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More than 800 international governmental organizations employ thousands of civil servants. Whistleblowers in them confront problems that are both common and uncommon compared with their nation-state counterparts. Drawing upon the relevant literature, as well as stakeholder interview data, a research framework is developed identifying whistle-blower challenges. These dilemmas focus on loyalty, impartiality, and immunity, as well as the desire to hold organizations accountable in a governance system lacking in sufficient checks and balances. In addition, significant hurdles confronting whistleblowers include definitions and policies, retaliation and restitution concerns, visa and short-contract constraints, and a resource gap along with judicial composition issues. Future research is needed because international public servants play a significant role in ensuring a transparent and accountable global system.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Global Studies
Journal or Publication Title: Review of Public Personnel Administration
Page Range: pp. 611-634
Publisher: SAGE
Copyright: © The Author(s) 2018
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