How government and business respond to protest
In the current issue of Governance, Sharon Gilad, Saar Alon-Barkat, and Alexandr Braverman say that “public administration scholarship has devoted limited attention to the responses of public organizations” to social protests. They examine how Israeli public agencies and businesses responded to social protests in 2011. They find that public organizations were “more likely to perceive social upheaval as an opportunity for reputation enhancement and for expansion of resources and jurisdiction,” and increased their spending on public communications in response to the protests. Businesses, by contrast, “perceive social activism as costly” and were “inclined to keep a low profile to avoid being targeted.” Read the article.