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Crisis exploitation: political and policy impacts of framing contests

Boin, A. and Hart, P. and McConnell, Allan (2009) Crisis exploitation: political and policy impacts of framing contests. Journal of European Public Policy, 16 (1). pp. 81-106. ISSN 1350-1763

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Abstract

When societies are confronted with major, disruptive emergencies, the fate of politicians and public policies hangs in the balance. Both government actors and their critics will try to escape blame for their occurrence, consolidate/strengthen their political capital, and advance/defend the policies they stand for. Crises thus generate framing contests to interpret events, their causes, and the responsibilities and lessons involved in ways that suit their political purposes and visions of future policy directions. This article dissects these processes and articulates foundations for a theory of crisis exploitation. Drawing on 15 cases of crisis-induced framing contests, we identify potentially crucial factors that may explain both the political (effects on incumbent office-holders/institutions) and policy (effects on programs) impacts of crises.

Item type: Article
ID code: 26398
Keywords: crisis exploitation, crisis management, framing contests, policy reform, Political science (General)
Subjects: Political Science > Political science (General)
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > Politics
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    Depositing user: Catriona Mccallum
    Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2010 11:17
    Last modified: 04 Oct 2012 13:22
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/26398

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