Markus Hinterleitner

Markus Hinterleitner
Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich | LMU · Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft

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Introduction
My research focuses on the politics of public policy in conflictual times. I’m particularly interested in how the rise of conflictual politics in advanced democracies – from polarization to populism, blame generation and norm erosion – reconfigures the political playing field and challenges our conceptions of democratic policy-making. For more info, see markushinterleitner.com

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Publications (38)
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This article proposes rethinking democratic conflict management by acknowledging the increasingly important role policy plays in it. As the debate on the health of democracy intensifies, research on how democracies manage and absorb political and societal conflicts becomes broadly relevant. Existing theories and perspectives view conflict managemen...
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This article investigates how governments shift blame during large-scale, prolonged crises. While existing research shows that governments can effectively diffuse blame through 'fuzzy' governance structures, less is known about blame diffusion patterns during severe crises when citizens widely expect governments to assume leadership. The article de...
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How do frontline workers implement policy when it is politically contested and they face strong pressure from politicians and the media? Based on original data and a multi-method analysis of juvenile justice policy and child protection policy in Switzerland, we show that political conflict can change policy implementation when frontline workers ada...
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As a vast literature on political disaffection, populism, "pitchfork politics," and the emergence of an "age of anger" testifies, the nature of democratic politics and the socio-political context in which it operates appear to have shifted sharply during the last decade. This is reflected in the rise of challenger parties, the election of unorthodo...
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In modern, policy-heavy democracies, blame games about policy controversies are commonplace. Despite their ubiquity, blame games are notoriously difficult to study. This book elevates them to the place they deserve in the study of politics and public policy. Blame games are microcosms of conflictual politics that yield unique insights into democrac...
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In modern, policy-heavy democracies, blame games about policy controversies are commonplace. Despite their ubiquity, blame games are notoriously difficult to study. This book elevates them to the place they deserve in the study of politics and public policy. Blame games are microcosms of conflictual politics that yield unique insights into democrac...
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In modern, policy-heavy democracies, blame games about policy controversies are commonplace. Despite their ubiquity, blame games are notoriously difficult to study. This book elevates them to the place they deserve in the study of politics and public policy. Blame games are microcosms of conflictual politics that yield unique insights into democrac...
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In modern, policy-heavy democracies, blame games about policy controversies are commonplace. Despite their ubiquity, blame games are notoriously difficult to study. This book elevates them to the place they deserve in the study of politics and public policy. Blame games are microcosms of conflictual politics that yield unique insights into democrac...
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In modern, policy-heavy democracies, blame games about policy controversies are commonplace. Despite their ubiquity, blame games are notoriously difficult to study. This book elevates them to the place they deserve in the study of politics and public policy. Blame games are microcosms of conflictual politics that yield unique insights into democrac...
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In modern, policy-heavy democracies, blame games about policy controversies are commonplace. Despite their ubiquity, blame games are notoriously difficult to study. This book elevates them to the place they deserve in the study of politics and public policy. Blame games are microcosms of conflictual politics that yield unique insights into democrac...
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In modern, policy-heavy democracies, blame games about policy controversies are commonplace. Despite their ubiquity, blame games are notoriously difficult to study. This book elevates them to the place they deserve in the study of politics and public policy. Blame games are microcosms of conflictual politics that yield unique insights into democrac...
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In modern, policy-heavy democracies, blame games about policy controversies are commonplace. Despite their ubiquity, blame games are notoriously difficult to study. This book elevates them to the place they deserve in the study of politics and public policy. Blame games are microcosms of conflictual politics that yield unique insights into democrac...
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In modern, policy-heavy democracies, blame games about policy controversies are commonplace. Despite their ubiquity, blame games are notoriously difficult to study. This book elevates them to the place they deserve in the study of politics and public policy. Blame games are microcosms of conflictual politics that yield unique insights into democrac...
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In modern, policy-heavy democracies, blame games about policy controversies are commonplace. Despite their ubiquity, blame games are notoriously difficult to study. This book elevates them to the place they deserve in the study of politics and public policy. Blame games are microcosms of conflictual politics that yield unique insights into democrac...
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In modern, policy-heavy democracies, blame games about policy controversies are commonplace. Despite their ubiquity, blame games are notoriously difficult to study. This book elevates them to the place they deserve in the study of politics and public policy. Blame games are microcosms of conflictual politics that yield unique insights into democrac...
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This article adopts a novel regulatory perspective on the conditions that facilitate and obstruct economic equality between migrants and natives. Regulation scholars have long emphasized that regulatory interventions need to be geared toward the needs of regulatory targets. We contribute to this research by examining the fit between regulatory inst...
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The spread of COVID-19 – a currently incurable, highly contagious, and potentially lethal virus – has presented the world with unprecedented challenges. Spanning virtually every policy domain, these challenges seem to spare no one, affecting individuals, families, communities, and all types of organizations, public or private. Moreover, many of the...
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Knowledge utilization depends on how well the scientific community communicates knowledge to its target audiences’ needs. We argue that policy-relevant science communication can increase the real-life impact of scientific evidence by moving beyond political agenda-setting and providing concrete advice to policy drafters. Agenda-setting seeks to rai...
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This chapter makes conceptual progress on an important puzzle in the research on welfare state retrenchment: Are welfare states retrenched because governing elites are astute blame avoiders or because important parts of the electorate have come to believe in the austerity medicine prescribed by mainstream economists? Existing research is, by and la...
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Von Barack Obama ist das Statement überliefert, die Aufgabe einer Regierung sei es, ‚to get stuff done‘, also schlicht ‚Dinge‘ zu erledigen. Dies umfasst das Reagieren auf neue Herausforderungen wie Bitcoin genauso wie das Bewältigen von Wirtschaftskrisen oder die Umsetzung kontroverser Volksentscheide. Im aktuellen politischen Umfeld wird es für R...
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Hinterleitner and Sager conceptualize how public sector organizations (PSOs) react to elite polarization, which is as an increasingly common phenomenon in Western democracies. For politicians operating under polarized conditions, PSOs are a primary blame-deflection target. Since blame from politicians presents a threat to the reputation of PSOs, th...
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This article builds on the literature on policy failure and blame management to analyse the implementation of large-scale public projects, which frequently suffer from cost overruns and delays. The article addresses a hitherto neglected blame management strategy used by politicians overseeing implementation: the stepwise announcement of delays and/...
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Studies examining the policy implications of elite polarisation usually concentrate on policy formulation and change, but neglect the impact of polarisation on the day-to-day application of policies. Applying the method of causal process tracing to the Swiss “Carlos” case, a blame game triggered by the reporting about an expensive therapy setting f...
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During the recent European debt crisis, credit rating agencies (CRAs) and the ratings they were producing became a frequent bone of contention. We analyze which factors are considered by CRAs when they judge a state's credibility in implementing an announced austerity program. The results of a fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis of credit ra...
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Blame avoidance behavior (BAB) encompasses all kinds of integrity-protecting activities by officeholders in the face of potentially blame-attracting events. Although considered essential for a realistic understanding of politics and policymaking, a general understanding of this multi-faceted behavioral phenomenon and its implications has been lacki...
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During the European debt crisis, numerous states launched austerity programmes. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) evaluates and forecasts the likelihood of member states’ success in implementing these programmes. Although IMF evaluations influence country risk perceptions on capital markets, little is known about their reasoning. This article u...
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In the aftermath of the 2008 crisis, scholars have begun to revise their conceptions of how market participants interact. While the traditional “rationalist optic” posits market participants who are able to process decision-relevant information and thereby transform uncertainty into quantifiable risks, the increasingly popular “sociological optic”...
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Blame avoidance behaviour (BAB) has become an increasingly popular topic in political science. However, the preconditions of BAB, its presence and consequences in various areas and in different political systems largely remain a black box. In order to generate a better understanding of BAB and its importance for the workings of democratic political...
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It is widely acknowledged in the literature that the study of blame avoidance behavior (BAB) exhibited by public officials is scattered and unconcentrated, and that, for the most part, it neglects both contextual factors and comparative research. These deficits inhibit the production of the kind of generalized findings necessary to better understan...
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Politikevaluation ist die Bewertung öffentlicher Politik. Auf die Vielschichtigkeit des Begriffs Evaluation weist bereits sein französischer etymologischer Ursprung hin: „évaluer“ bedeutet ‚bewerten‘, ‚begutachten‘, ‚abschätzen‘, oder ‚taxieren‘. Für eine zweckdienliche Begriffsbestimmung kann Evaluation im Policy Cycle (siehe Jann/Wegrich in diese...
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Sur mandat de l’Office fédéral de la santé publique, le Centre de compétence pour le public management de l’université de Berne a évalué l’Ordonnance sur les médicaments vétérinaires ainsi que son exécution. L’Ordonnance sur les médicaments vétérinaires a pour but de garantir les aspects suivants : l’utilisation correcte des médicaments vétérinaire...
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Im Auftrag des Bundesamtes für Gesundheit (BAG) hat das Kompetenzzentrum für Public Management der Universität Bern die Tierarzneimittelverordnung (TAMV) und ihren Vollzug evaluiert. Die TAMV soll folgendes gewährleisten: Fachgerechter Einsatz von Tierarzneimitteln; Schutz der Konsumenten/innen vor Arzneimittelrückständen in Lebensmitteln tierische...

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