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Do crises help remedy regulatory failure? A comparative study of the Walkerton water and Jerusalem banquet hall disasters

Schwartz, R. and McConnell, Allan (2009) Do crises help remedy regulatory failure? A comparative study of the Walkerton water and Jerusalem banquet hall disasters. Canadian Public Administration, 52 (1). pp. 91-112. ISSN 0008-4840

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Abstract

This study explores whether and how policy changes in the aftermath of a crisis. The authors ask why pre-existing regulatory regimes that are identified as contributory factors to "failure" are not necessarily reformed in the wake of a crisis. The investigation adds to the literature that addresses the classic tension between reformism and conservatism in post-crisis periods. Regulatory failure is identified as being largely responsible for two crises - the tainted drinking-water tragedy in Walkerton, Canada, and the collapse of a banquet hall in Jerusalem, Israel. Despite similarities in the nature of media coverage, institutional procedures for investigation and commission findings, these two tragedies differ dramatically in policy change outcomes. A policy streams prism is used to identify, characterize and analyse reasons for very different policy responses to crises associated with regulatory failure.

Item type: Article
ID code: 26379
Keywords: policy changes, crisis, aftermath, pre-existing regulatory regimes, contributory factors, failure, reform, Political science (General), Public Administration, Sociology and Political Science
Subjects: Political Science > Political science (General)
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > Politics
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    Depositing user: Catriona Mccallum
    Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2010 12:15
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 05:27
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/26379

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