Organizational reputation, the content of public allegations, and regulatory communication

Sharon Gilad*, Moshe Maor, Pazit Ben Nun Bloom

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How does the content of public allegations impact regulatory communication strategies? Employing a multinomial logistic regression analysis and an original data set, this article analyzes the Israeli banking regulator's nuanced responses to public expressions of opinion between 1996 and 2012. We demonstrate this agency's greater propensity to acknowledge problems, yet mostly shift blame to others when faced with claims that regulation is overly lenient, and to deny allegations that regulation is excessive. These findings, although based on one institution, are important because they demonstrate an agency's differential response to external allegations, given their content and its assessment of the relative threat to its reputation. They also suggest that external audiences may be able to shape agency attention and response by carefully framing their claims in light of their understandings of agencies' distinct reputational vulnerabilities.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)451-478
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Public Administration Research and Theory
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2015

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