Claiming credit and avoiding blame: political accountability in Greek and Turkish responses to the COVID-19 crisis

Zahariadis N., Petridou E., ÖZTIĞ L. İ.

EUROPEAN POLICY ANALYSIS, vol.6, no.2, pp.159-169, 2020 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/epa2.1089
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.159-169
  • Keywords: accountability, blame avoidance, COVID-19 crisis, credit claiming, Greece, Turkey, TRANSPARENCY
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Using a framework developed by Hood and adapting it to crises, we explore the factors behind the use of three types of political accountability strategies- presentational, policy, and agency-during responses to the COVID-19 crisis in Greece and Turkey. We situate the comparison in the current political context and conclude with implications for political survival as leaders attempt to balance public accountability, political expediency, and national health.