Governing after Crisis: The Politics of Investigation, Accountability and Learning

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Arjen Boin, Allan McConnell, Paul 't Hart
Cambridge University Press, 2008 M02 11
The constant threat of crises such as disasters, riots and terrorist attacks poses a frightening challenge to Western societies and governments. While the causes and dynamics of these events have been widely studied, we know little about what happens following their containment and the restoration of stability. This volume explores 'post-crisis politics,' examining how crises give birth to longer term dynamic processes of accountability and learning which are characterised by official investigations, blame games, political manoeuvring, media scrutiny and crisis exploitation. Drawing from a wide range of contemporary crises, including Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, the Madrid train bombings, the Walkerton water contamination, Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia and the Boxing Day Asian tsunami, this is a ground-breaking volume which addresses the longer term impact of crisis-induced politics. Competing pressures for stability and change mean that policies, institutions and leaders may occasionally be uprooted, but often survive largely intact.
 

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Contents

blame games and framing contests
62
Gerhard Schroder
85
comparing patterns
114
crisis investigations elite
148
crisis
183
The Walkerton water tragedy and the Jerusalem banquet
208
NASA and the Challenger disaster
232
exploring
255
Conclusion
278
the politics of crisis exploitation
285
Index
317
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Page i - Professor of Political Science, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, and Professor of Public Administration, Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University.

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Arjen Boin is an Associate Professor in the Utrecht School of Governance at Utrecht University.

Allan McConnell is Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney.

Paul 't Hart is Professor of Public Administration in the Political Science Programme at the Australian National University and the Utrecht School of Governance at Utrecht University.

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