Policy overreaction styles during manufactured crises

Moshe Maor*

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This article focuses on governments’ attempts to intensify crises for political gain, and identifies a series of unnecessary crisis management responses that follow distinctive policy overreaction styles. It is based on the premise that political executives at times face incentives to shape voters’ perceptions regarding the timing and scope of a crisis, even though no crisis actually exists. Analysing Trump’s response towards the so-called ‘invasion’ by a caravan of asylum seekers, the article identifies three distinctive crisis overreaction policy styles: communicating in absolutes, performing in absolutes, and challenging the rule of law. Each of these overreaction styles includes a specific set of tool preferences; an active means of implementation; and an impositional manner of execution. By highlighting the potential advantages of marrying the concept of crisis to the ideas of policy overreaction and policy style, this article makes an important contribution to our understanding of the politics of crisis management.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)523-539
Number of pages17
JournalPolicy and Politics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2020

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© Policy Press 2020


  • Donald Trump
  • asylum seekers •
  • crisis management •
  • manufactured crisis •
  • migration •
  • policy overreaction •
  • policy style •
  • political executives •


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