Universiteit Leiden

nl en


CPP Colloquium with Emanuela Ceva 'Progressing towards justice: the case of whistleblowing'

  • Emanuela Ceva (Pavia)
Thursday 15 December 2016
CPP Colloquia 2015-2016 & 2016-2017
Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden

The Center for Political Philosophy in Leiden is pleased to announce a talk by 

Emanuela Ceva (Pavia)

Progressing towards justice: the case of whistleblowing



Political corruption (PC) occurs when public officials make a distorted use of their entrusted public power to pursue a surreptitious agenda. By adopting the perspective of relational justice, I argue that PC is generally and inherently wrong as a practice, independently of the specific negative distributive consequences that any single act of PC may or may not entail. Notably, PC is unjust because it consists in the alteration of the relations of mutual accountability that ground the political rights of citizens.

From this perspective, I argue, appropriately regulated whistleblowing is an essential anti-corruption tool to identify corrupt political relations and restore the logic of mutual accountability that PC alters. Therefore, the state ought to regulate whistleblowing to make this practice safe for all parties involved, incentivize it, and protect whistleblowers against retaliation. In this sense, the regulation of whistleblowing contributes to progress towards justice in non-ideal conditions.

About Emanuela Ceva

Emanuela Ceva is Associate Professor of Political Philosophy at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Pavia (Italy), where she teaches Public Ethics and Theories of Global Justice. She holds an MA in Political Philosophy from the University of York (UK) and a PhD in Political Theory from the University of Manchester (UK). While she has been working at Pavia since 2005, she has held also several international positions. These include fellowships or visiting positions at the University of Jordan, Center for Human Values of the Princeton University, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Nuffield College (Oxford), Ural Federal University, Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo), University of St. Andrews, Centre de Recherche en Étique de l’Université de Montréal, and University of Hamburg. She has directed several European (FP6 and FP7) and national research projects. Her research focuses on issues of value conflict and procedural justice, democracy, corruption, and on the implications of the liberal principle of respect for the treatment of minorities.

She is the author of the book Interactive Justice (Routledge 2016) and of many articles that have appeared in such journals as the Journal of Social Philosophy, Social Theory and Practice, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, and European Journal of Philosophy.

About the Center for Political Philosophy (CPP) Colloquia Series

The CPP is a collaboration between the Institute for Philosophy and the Institute for Political Science at Leiden University. Attendance of the Colloquia is free and there is no need to register. See CPP  for more information. For further questions please contact dr. Dorota Mokrosinska

All are welcome!

This website uses cookies.  More information.