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The Blame Game:
Spin, Bureaucracy, and Self-Preservation in Government
Christopher Hood

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Illustrations vii
Preface ix

Part One: Blame, Credit, and Trust in Executive Government
Chapter One: Credit Claiming, Blame Avoidance, and Negativity Bias 3
Chapter Two: Players in the Blame Game: Inside the World of Blame Avoidance 24

Part Two: Avoiding Blame: Three Basic Strategies
Chapter Three: Presentational Strategies: Winning the Argument, Drawing a Line, Changing the Subject, and Keeping a Low Profi le 47
Chapter Four: Agency Strategies: Direct or Delegate, Choose or Inherit? 67
Chapter Five: Policy or Operational Strategies 90
Chapter Six: The Institutional Dynamics of Blameworld: A New Tefl on Era? 112

Part Three: Living in a World of Blame Avoidance
Chapter Seven: Mixing and Matching Blame-Avoidance Strategies 135
Chapter Eight: Democracy, Good Governance, and Blame Avoidance 157
Chapter Nine: The Last Word 181

Notes 187
References 201
Index 219

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