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dc.contributor.authorWidmaier, Wesley
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-22T06:51:16Z
dc.date.available2019-02-22T06:51:16Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.issn1036-1146en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/10361146.2016.1238871en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/123951
dc.description.abstractWhere historical institutionalists have stressed the path-dependent efficiencies that stabilise policy orders, their rationalist assumptions have increasingly obscured the scope for instability. To redress such oversights, I integrate historical institutionalist insights regarding incremental change with discursive institutionalist analyses of interpretive tensions in a way that accords with Daniel Kahneman’s analyses of shifting ‘fast’/principled and ‘slow’/cognitive biases. The resulting framework posits that initial principled constructions of policy ideas are undermined where their subsequent ‘intellectual conversion’ limits flexibility and legitimacy. Empirically, I contrast the practices of George HW Bush and John Howard, as each broke anti-tax promises. Bush’s intellectual justifications undermined his credibility, but Howard’s principled justifications enabled his success. This analysis has implications for theories of institutional agency and dysfunction.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto15en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAustralian Journal of Political Scienceen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolitical Science not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode160699en_US
dc.subject.keywordsRhetoricen_US
dc.subject.keywordsCrisisen_US
dc.subject.keywordsLeadershipen_US
dc.subject.keywordsHistorical institutionalismen_US
dc.subject.keywordsDiscursive institutionalismen_US
dc.titleBreaking promises and raising taxes: rhetorical path dependence and policy dysfunction in timeen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Business School, Department of International Business and Asian Studiesen_US
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorWidmaier, Wesley


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