• Anna ChackoEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_892-1

Whistleblowing has been defined as disclosure to those in authority by a person (usually an employee) of mismanagement, corruption, illegality, or other wrongdoing (The Free Dictionary by Farlex – Whistleblowing).

In most instances, the whistleblower is motivated by a sincere desire to improve the functioning of the entity that he may be complaining about. However, whistleblowers rarely get closure, restitution, or recognition of acts requiring daunting effort and courage.

Mankind evolved from a raggle-taggle bunch of cavemen into groups, starting as villages and tribes into kingdoms, democracies, theocracies, plutocracies, and finally globalized market states. This has been accompanied by a concomitant increase in world population and wealth: agencies, and bureaucracies have emerged to allocate resources to accommodate increasing demands and requirements. Agencies were designed to administer the government/corporate expenditures in a prudent if not honest fashion; however, they can...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of TelehealthUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA
  2. 2.Boston University Medical CenterBostonUSA