Where Does the Buck Stop? Explaining Public Responsibility Attributions in Complex International Institutions

  title={Where Does the Buck Stop? Explaining Public Responsibility Attributions in Complex International Institutions},
  author={Berthold. Rittberger and Helena Schwarzenbeck and Bernhard Zangl},
  journal={International Finance eJournal},
Who is held publicly responsible for the policies of international institutions? Are member states or supranational bodies held responsible or are public responsibility attributions (PRA) untargeted? We argue that in complex policy-making systems responsibility tends to be attributed to implementing actors. When, however, a policy does not require active implementation, we expect responsibility attributions to be untargeted. To test these expectations, we analyze PRA in the European public for… 

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