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Pavlovian policy responses to media feeding frenzies? Dangerous dogs regulation in comparative perspective

Lodge, Martin and Hood, Christopher (2002) Pavlovian policy responses to media feeding frenzies? Dangerous dogs regulation in comparative perspective. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 10 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1468-5973

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Abstract

The first part of this article, based on a comparative analysis of recent policies on dangerous dogs among a set of Western European states, shows that small-scale events – like one dog-bite – can produce circumstances that confront policy-makers with a type of 'forced choice', given a particular set of political conditions. The second part, based on a more in-depth comparison of German and UK approaches, probes beyond the 'Pavlovian' level of political response to dog-bite crises to explore how institutions mediate responses to 'forced choices'. Dog-bite crises may temporarily remove normal blockages and constraints on policy development, but this article shows how institutions can still shape policy responses in at least three different ways.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref...
Additional Information: © 2002 Blackwell Publishing
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2008 14:59
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/19073/

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