Reflection in the Shadow of Blame: When do Politicians Appoint Commissions of Inquiry
blame, political responsability, policy and congnition, model choice, accountability
Commissions of inquiry play an important role in the aftermath of crisis, by serving as instruments of accountability and policy learning. Yet crises also involve a high-stake game of political survival, in which accountability and learning pose a serious threat to incumbent politicians. The political decision of whether to appoint a commission of inquiry after crisis thus provides a unique prism for studying the intense conflict between politics, accountability, and policy learning. Using data from the UK, this study develops and tests a choice model for this political decision. The results show that the...