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Reactivity, staged retreat and efficacy in blame avoidance: a comparative analysis of four political scandals

Abstract:

Building on blame avoidance analysis, this article develops a method to assess the reactivity, sequencing and efficacy of defensive responses by officeholders facing a crisis of personal blame, analysing cases drawn from four advanced democracies. It tests the hypotheses that officeholders: react by positive action rather than non-engagement when blame levels are high; respond in a ‘staged retreat’ sequence; and can reduce the level of blame they face from one day to another through choice of...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted manuscript

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10.1111/padm.12235

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, Economics
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Grant:
Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation
Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Public Administration Journal website
Volume:
94
Issue:
2
Pages:
542–562
Publication date:
2015-12-28
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EISSN:
1467-9299
ISSN:
0033-3298
URN:
uuid:8e5c2882-3439-4dd6-95f5-7eeac07a20f5
Source identifiers:
597489
Local pid:
pubs:597489

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