Public Interest and the Threat of Corruption: A Case for Civic Whistleblowing

  • Daniele Santoro
  • Manohar Kumar
Part of the Philosophy and Politics - Critical Explorations book series (PPCE, volume 6)


Political corruption is a fraudulent exchange for the mutual advantage between parties entrusted with public power, and whose costs bear on third parties who do not enjoy the benefit of that transaction. A defining feature of political corruption is that it affects the public interest of constituencies by diverting public funds for personal advantages, dumping the costs of diversion on the polity at large. In this chapter, we argue that the role of civic whistleblowing in the fight against corruption should be properly understood within a conception of public interest. In this chapter, we argue that whistleblowing contributes to the public interest when it exposes crimes that cause an unfair allocation of the burdens of cooperation.


Accountability All-purposive rights The public Political corruption Public interest 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniele Santoro
    • 1
  • Manohar Kumar
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Ethics, Politics, and Society, ILCHUniversity of MinhoBragaPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Social Sciences and HumanitiesIndraprastha Institute of Information Technology, DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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