What happens when transparency meets blame-avoidance?

  title={What happens when transparency meets blame-avoidance?},
  author={Christopher C. Hood},
  journal={Public Management Review},
  pages={191 - 210}
  • C. Hood
  • Published 1 June 2007
  • Political Science
  • Public Management Review
Abstract This article explores what happens when the much-discussed doctrine of transparency as a key to good governance meets the widely observed behavioural tendency of blame-avoidance in politics and public administration. It begins by discussing transparency as an idea and distinguishing different strains of the doctrine, proceeds to discuss blame-avoidance and to identify three common types of blame-avoidance strategy, and then explores what can happen when a widely advocated governance… 

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