Form and Content: Institutional Preferences and Public Opinion in a Crisis Inquiry

Raanan Sulitzeanu-Kenan*, Yifat Holzman-Gazit

*Corresponding author for this work

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Crisis inquiries are intended to serve as instruments for restoring legitimacy. This intended goal has led to particular legitimacy-enhancing institutional choices in the design of these ad hoc institutions. This research utilizes a national panel study to test the effect of institutional attributes of a crisis inquiry and the content of its report on its legitimacy, and the effects of the inquiry findings on public opinion regarding the inquired issue. Our results show that only some institutional attributes predicted the legitimacy of the inquiry findings, whereas the content of the report was strongly and consistently associated with report legitimacy.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)3-30
Number of pages28
JournalAdministration and Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

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Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Generous funding for this study was provided by the Research Authority of College of Management Academic Studies (COMAS) and by the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Hebrew University.

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  • credibility
  • crisis
  • inquiry
  • institutional attributes
  • legitimacy


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