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


In this book we have argued that whistleblowing is an act of civil dissent, insisting on the function of dissent in exposing the abuse of corporate and political power, and the limitations of the democratic procedures that undermine considerations of public interest, equality of rights, and accountability. In this conclusion we briefly reassess the main arguments presented in the book and conclude that, while there is no such a thing as a right to whistleblowing, whistleblowers are entitled to a robust protection against retaliatory actions. We argue that such a right corresponds a duty of the state. While a growing national legislation provide some legal protections for civic whistleblowers, little or no safeguard is still recognized to political whistleblowers.


State duty Right to whistleblowing Whistleblowing protection 


  1. Santoro, Daniele, and Manohar Kumar. 2018. A right to protection for whistleblowers. In Claiming Citizenship Rights in Europe: Emerging Challenges and Political Agents, ed. Daniele Archibugi and Ali Emre Benli, 186–203. London: Routledge.Google Scholar

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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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