Governing after Crisis The Politics of Investigation, Accountability and Learning

ISBN-10: 0521712440

ISBN-13: 9780521712446

Edition: 2008

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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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Book details

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 338
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Arjen Boin is the director of the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute at Louisiana State University. He has published widely on such topics as leadership, prisons, crisis management and institutional design. His most recent books include Managing Crises: Threats, Dilemmas, Opportunities (Charles C Thomas Publisher), The Politics of Crisis Management and Governing after Crisis (both Cambridge University Press).

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Contributors
Introduction
Governing after crisis
Crisis-induced accountability
Weathering the politics of responsibility and blame: the Bush administration and its response to Hurricane Katrina
A reversal of fortune: blame games and framing contests after the 3/11 terrorist attacks in Madrid
Flood response and political survival: Gerhard Schroder and the 2002 Elbe flood in Germany
The politics of tsunami responses: comparing patterns of blame management in Scandinavia
Dutroux and dioxin: crisis investigations, elite accountability and institutional reform in Belgium
Crisis-induced policy change and learning
The 1975 Stockholm embassy seizure: crisis and the absence of reform
The Walkerton water tragedy and the Jerusalem banquet hall collapse: regulatory failure and policy change
Learning from crisis: NASA and the Challenger disaster
September 11 and postcrisis investigation: exploring the role and impact of the 9/11 Commission
Conclusion
Conclusions: the politics of crisis exploitation
Index
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