Towards a Better Understanding of Blame Games

  • Sandra L. ResodihardjoEmail author


This chapter starts with a brief description of how blame games work according to existing literature. Based on the findings from the previous chapter, more details are added to this description. These additions consist of four elements. First, presentational strategies can backfire (particularly in the case of letters and inquiries). Second, rituals can play a role in the way in which the blame game evolves. Third, context (including holidays, elections, and pensions) matter. Lastly, sub-blame games could have an impact on the original blame game by creating a temporary reprieve for those being blamed.


Backfiring strategies Rituals Context Sub-blame games Tenure Pension 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Management ResearchRadboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands

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