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LIP Talk: Blame and fiscal squeeze

Date: 12 March 2014 Time: 5.00 pm

Venue: Faraday Building LB02 (Cavendish Colloquium Room)

At the next Language, Ideology and Power (LIP) Research Group we will be pleased to welcome

Christopher Hood (University of Oxford)

Who will be speaking on "Blame and fiscal squeeze"


How does political credit and blame play out in fiscal squeeze? Both cross-national and UK historical data suggest that fiscal squeeze (defined as political effort put into making significant reductions in public spending and/or significant increases in taxes) is sometimes but not always a route to electoral defeat for incumbent parties and their leaders in democracies. What accounts for those different political outcomes? Does it depend on how deep the cuts or how steep the tax rises are? Does it depend on what brings about the fiscal squeeze and the economic background? Does it depend on the political structure and the way the politics is played? This talk will reflect on a cross-country comparative analysis and work in progress on a historical analysis of fiscal squeezes in the UK since the 1920s.

Christopher Hood ( is Gladstone Professor of Government at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (United States), ESRC Professorial Fellow 2011-2014 and Visiting Professor, LSE, 2010-2014. He specializes in the study of executive government, regulation and public sector reform. He has has authored or edited over twenty books in the field and at least 100 journal articles, and received several awards for his research and publications. His books include The Blame Game: Spin, Bureaucracy, and Self-Preservation in Government (Princeton University Press, 2011) and The Art of the State: Culture, Rhetoric and Public Management (OUP, 1998; winner of the PSA's W.J.M. Mackenzie award for best book published in politics). With Dr. Rozana Himaz he has recently posted a blog on George Osborne's announced plans for spending cuts after 2015 on the LSE British Politics and Public Policy website


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