Pass the buck or the buck stops here? The public costs of claiming and deflecting blame in managing crises

@article{Miller2021PassTB,
  title={Pass the buck or the buck stops here? The public costs of claiming and deflecting blame in managing crises},
  author={David R. Miller and Andrew Reeves},
  journal={Journal of Public Policy},
  year={2021},
  volume={42},
  pages={63 - 91}
}
Abstract When things go wrong, and the government may be to blame, the public support enjoyed by elected executives is vulnerable. Because attribution of responsibility is often not straightforward, elected executives can influence citizens’ evaluations of their performance through presentational strategies, or explanatory frames which describe their roles in the management of the crisis. We examine the effectiveness of two ubiquitous presentational strategies: blame claiming, where the… 

The Administrative Presidency and Public Trust in Bureaucracy

  • Jon C. Rogowski
  • Political Science
    Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy
  • 2020
Bureaucratic agencies occupy a politically perilous position in the American federal government. As agents of both Congress and the president, agencies are responsible to principals who often

Public Health Management of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Australia: The Role of the Morrison Government

  • S. Duckett
  • Political Science
    International journal of environmental research and public health
  • 2022
The Australian Commonwealth government has four health-related responsibilities during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic: to provide national leadership; to manage external borders; to protect residents of

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 198 REFERENCES

Who Do Voters Blame for Policy Failure? Information and the Partisan Assignment of Blame

How do people assign blame in the wake of significant government failures? If the role of the citizenry in a representative democracy is to discipline elected officials for failing to meet collective

Bureaucratic accountability in third‐party governance: Experimental evidence of blame attribution during times of budgetary crisis

With the rise of third-party government, the lines between the sectors have blurred as has accountability. Public service delivery failures can erode government legitimacy and trust, but who do

Attributing Blame: The Public's Response to Hurricane Katrina

When government fails, whom do citizens blame? Do these assessments rely on biased or content-rich information? Despite the vast literatures on retrospective voting in political science and

Bias Will Find a Way: Economic Perceptions, Attributions of Blame, and Partisan-Motivated Reasoning during Crisis

Partisans often perceive real world conditions in a manner that credits their own party. Yet recent findings suggest that partisans are capable of setting their loyalties aside when confronted with

Is the Government to Blame? An Experimental Test of How Partisanship Shapes Perceptions of Performance and Responsibility

The idea that voters use elections to hold governments to account for their performance lies at the heart of democratic theory, and countless studies have shown that economic performance can predict

Citizens' Blame of Politicians for Public Service Failure: Experimental Evidence about Blame Reduction through Delegation and Contracting

Theories of blame suggest that contracting out public service delivery reduces citizens’ blame of politicians for service failure. The authors use an online experiment with 1,000 citizen participants

The Boston Marathon Bombings: Who's to Blame and Why It Matters for Public Administration

This article examines how elite attributions of blame—statements from politicians and high-level public administrators assigning responsibility for failure to prevent the Boston Marathon

Testing times: Exploring staged responses and the impact of blame management strategies in two examination fiasco cases

This article examines the responses of ministers facing high levels of blame in the press after serious failures in the public exam system for school-leavers in Scotland in 2000 and England in 2002.

The Blame Game: Spin, Bureaucracy, and Self-Preservation in Government

List of Illustrations vii Preface ix Part One: Blame, Credit, and Trust in Executive Government Chapter One: Credit Claiming, Blame Avoidance, and Negativity Bias 3 Chapter Two: Players in the Blame

Reflection in the Shadow of Blame: When Do Politicians Appoint Commissions of Inquiry?

Commissions of inquiry play an important role in the aftermath of crisis, by serving as instruments of accountability and policy learning. Yet crises also involve a high-stake game of political
...