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Policy Controversies and Political Blame Games
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In modern, policy-heavy democracies, blame games about policy controversies are commonplace. Despite their ubiquity, blame games are notoriously difficult to study. This book elevates them to the place they deserve in the study of politics and public policy. Blame games are microcosms of conflictual politics that yield unique insights into democracies under pressure. Based on an original framework and the comparison of fifteen blame games in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, and the US, it exposes the institutionalized forms of conflict management that democracies have developed to manage policy controversies. Whether failed infrastructure projects, food scandals, security issues, or flawed policy reforms, democracies manage policy controversies in an idiosyncratic manner. This book is addressed not only to researchers and students interested in political conflict in the fields of political science, public policy, public administration, and political communication, but to everyone concerned about the functioning of democracy in more conflictual times. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

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  • Policy Controversies and Political Blame Games
    pp i-i
  • Cambridge Studies in Comparative Public Policy - Series page
    pp ii-iv
  • Policy Controversies and Political Blame Games - Title page
    pp v-v
  • Copyright page
    pp vi-vi
  • Contents
    pp vii-viii
  • Figures
    pp ix-ix
  • Tables
    pp x-x
  • Acknowledgments
    pp xi-xii
  • Abbreviations
    pp xiii-xiv
  • 1 - How Political Systems Manage Their Policy Controversies
    pp 1-17
  • 2 - Blame Games in the Political Sphere
    pp 18-39
  • 3 - Blame Games in the UK
    pp 40-72
  • 4 - Blame Games in Germany
    pp 73-107
  • 5 - Blame Games in Switzerland
    pp 108-138
  • 6 - Mapping the Influence of Institutional Factors
    pp 139-144
  • 7 - Mapping the Influence of Issue Characteristics
    pp 145-175
  • 8 - A Typological Theory of Blame Games and Their Consequences
    pp 176-184
  • 9 - Blame Games and Their Implications for Politics and Democracy under Pressure
    pp 185-205
  • Appendix
    pp 206-216
  • Notes
    pp 217-233
  • References
    pp 234-244
  • Index
    pp 245-248


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