Governing after Crisis: The Politics of Investigation, Accountability and Learning
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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9/11 Commission accountability action actors administration aftermath agenda Al-Qaeda analysis attacks Aznar Belgian blame game Boin Br¨andstr¨om Bush Bush’s Cadena Ser Carl Persson chapter coalition commission’s committee conﬂict context counterterrorism crises crisis inquiries crisis management crisis-induced critical Dagens Nyheter debate deﬂect Democrats Dickey–Fuller difﬁcult dioxin Dutroux crisis effect Elbe election electoral elite ernment failure ﬁnd ﬁndings Finland ﬁrst ﬂight ﬂood framing contest government popularity government’s Hart Hurricane Katrina impact inﬂuence institutional investigation Iraq issue January justice Katrina leaders leadership learning lessons Marc Dutroux mass media ment Ministry NASA NASA’s National Police Board ofﬁce ofﬁcials operational opposition organisational outcomes Pal-Kal parliamentary parties policy change policy makers political postcrisis prime minister public policy recommendations regulatory Rogers Commission role safety shuttle signiﬁcant social speciﬁc stakeholders Stockholm strategies Sweden Swedish symbolic terrorist tion tsunami University Press victims voters Walkerton Walkerton tragedy White House