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Crisis Accountability: Ministerial Resignations in Sweden
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), CRISMART (National Center for Crisis Management Research and Training).
2015 (English)In: Scandinavian Political Studies, ISSN 0080-6757, E-ISSN 1467-9477, Vol. 38, no 3, 301-320 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Accountability processes after crisis events sometimes entail harsh criticism from public and political players alike, forcing cabinet ministers to be on top of the political game and sometimes even resign. However, harsh accountability processes are just as likely to leave ministers undamaged. This article combines two existing theories that propose different factors to account for variation in outcomes: ministerial resignations as a consequence of cabinet formation and individual positions; or resignations as a result of blame management strategies involving individual actors within the cabinet and beyond. Ten crisis episodes in Sweden are analysed and compared. The findings suggest that individual political power bases and experience matter to how well blame management strategies can be employed, while the composition of the government gives structural constraints. The dynamic interplay and framing battle between incumbent decision makers, and external arenas and the skill with which individual ministers engage and frame responsibility, play a key role in determining their post-crisis careers.

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2015. Vol. 38, no 3, 301-320 p.
Keyword [en]
European Integration, Cabinet Reshuffles, Responsibility, Management, Germany, Blame
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Political Science
Research subject
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot krishantering och internationell samverkan
URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5588DOI: 10.1111/1467-9477.12045ISI: 000359296000005OAI: diva2:866037
Available from: 2015-10-30 Created: 2015-10-30 Last updated: 2016-10-24Bibliographically approved

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