Anticipatory and reactive forms of blame avoidance: of foxes and lions

Hinterleitner, Markus; Sager, Fritz (2016). Anticipatory and reactive forms of blame avoidance: of foxes and lions. European political science review, 9(04), pp. 587-606. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S1755773916000126

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Blame avoidance behavior (BAB) encompasses all kinds of integrity-protecting activities by officeholders in the face of potentially blame-attracting events. Although considered essential for a realistic understanding of politics and policymaking, a general understanding of this multi-faceted behavioral phenomenon and its implications has been lacking to date. We argue that this is due to the lack of careful conceptualization of various forms of BAB. Crucially, the difference between anticipatory and reactive forms of BAB is largely neglected in the literature. This paper links anticipatory and reactive forms of BAB as two consecutive decision situations. It exposes dependence relationships between the situations that trigger BAB, the rationalities at work, the resources and strategies applied by blame-avoiding actors, and the various consequences thereof. The paper concludes that anticipatory and reactive BAB are distinct phenomena that require specific research approaches to assess their relevance for the workings of polities.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

11 Centers of Competence > Center of Comptetence for Public Management (KPM)

UniBE Contributor:

Hinterleitner, Markus and Sager, Fritz

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 350 Public administration & military science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1755-7739

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Markus Hinterleitner

Date Deposited:

02 Jun 2016 16:02

Last Modified:

08 Oct 2017 02:08

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/S1755773916000126

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.82720

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/82720

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