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Steven Sampson

Steven Sampson

Professor emeritus

Steven Sampson

Citizen duty or Stasi society? Whistleblowing and disclosure regimes in organizations and communities

Författare

  • Steven Sampson

Summary, in English

This paper argues that the concept of whistleblowing could best be understood as part of a larger regime of disclosure that includes personal revelations, truth-telling, leaking, informing, snitching and whistleblowing. Disclosure regimes are about knowledge that escapes. This paper discusses the conditions for this escaped knowledge and some of the consequences for organizations and communities. Two examples of disclosure regimes are provided: 1) the US Government’s financial rewards for whistleblowing, in which disclosed knowledge of company wrongdoing can be packaged for company sanctions and courtroom litigation; and 2) Scandinavian community informing programs where citizens can anonymously inform authorities of neighbours’ suspected welfare cheating or tax evasion. The examples of knowledge that escapes show disclosure regimes to be a field in which organizational or community loyalties confront employee/citizen duties, cultures of organizational/community solidarity and the ethos of non-interference/privacy. As new disclosure regimes and practices evolve, thanks to massive financial rewards, transparency encouragement and anonymous technologies, we will need to redefine what whistleblowing is all about. A focus on disclosure regimes can help reveal us the inner workings of organizations or communities, as knowledge managing groups.

Avdelning/ar

  • Socialantropologi

Publiceringsår

2019

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

1-24

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization

Volym

19

Issue

4

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

www.ephemerajournal.org

Ämne

  • Social Anthropology

Nyckelord

  • Social Anthropology
  • Whistleblowing
  • Transparency
  • Disclosure regimes
  • tax evasion
  • welfare benefits fraud
  • Informing Systems
  • ethics and compliance
  • Anti-corruption

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 2052-1499