Sandra Larissa Resodihardjo

Radboud University Nijmegen
Public Administration

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My research focuses on two (sometimes intertwined) topics: crisis management and policy making. I am specifically interested in resilience in the field of crisis management, the accountability process following crises (i.e. blame games), and how issues get on the agenda and evolve over time (especially the issue of safety/security).

Resodihardjo, S.L., Carroll, B.J., Van Eijk, C.J.A., Maris, S. (forthcoming) ‘Why Traditional Responses to Blame Games Fail: The Importance of Context, Rituals, And Sub-Blame Games in The Face of Raves Gone Wrong’ Public Administration
Abstract: Following crises and fiascos, a framing contest takes place in which actors have to account for their actions and might get blamed for what went wrong. An inadequate response to blame can lead to resignation or losing a re-election. Currently, the literature on blame games focuses mainly on the policy, agency, and – especially – presentational strategies one can use to respond to blame. Based on our analysis of the blame games following two festival disasters in Germany and the Netherlands, we show that our current understanding of blame games and blame responses needs to be broadened to include context, rituals, and sub-blame games.
DOI: 10.1111/padm.12202
Resodihardjo, S.L. and Prins, R. (2014) ‘Surrounded by Safety. Safety As An Encompassing Policy Concept in The Netherlands’, European Journal of Policing Studies 1(3): 225-248.
Abstract: Safety used to be a pretty straightforward concept: governments need to safeguard the country from invasion and its citizens from crime. Over time, additional issues became to be defined as a safety problem. Even so, the safety problems and their accompanying policies remained clearly demarcated – safety revolved, for example, around product safety. Recently, an encompassing safety concept has become popular in the Netherlands. No longer referring to a clearly demarcated policy issue, the concept and its related integrated safety policy covers everything from fighting crime to making sure that street lights work. In this article, we show how safety in general has become firmly embedded on the Dutch government agenda over time and explain what integrated safety policy entails.
Resodihardjo, S.L. 2009. Crisis and Change in the British and Dutch Prison Services. Understanding Crisis-Reform Processes. Farnham: Ashgate.
Abstract: What happens when incidents result in a policy sector losing its legitimacy? When a malfunctioning policy sector receives so much negative public attention that it has to fight for its survival? This study describes three such cases in detail within the British and Dutch Prison Services, examining the incidents, the negative response of the media and Members of Parliament to these incidents, and the way in which policy-makers tried to deal with the crises. This book establishes under which conditions such crises led to reform. URL:
Breeman, G., D. Lowery, C. Poppelaars, S.L. Resodihardjo, A. Timmermans, and J. De Vries. 2009. "Political Attention in A Coalition System: Analyzing Queen's Speeches in the Netherlands 1945-2007." Acta Politica 44 (1): 1-27.
Abstract: At the beginning of each Parliamentary session, the Dutch Queen gives a speech (Troonrede) in which she presents the government's policy goals and legislative agenda for the year to come. The general assumption is that newly elected governments will use agenda-setting moments such as the Queen's speech to put new issues on the national agenda. But does this really happen? Are governmental agendas characterized by sudden shifts following elections or by continuity? After all, at least one coalition party of the previous Dutch government is also a member of the new coalition government. So how much do changes in coalition membership result in changes in policy agendas? In this paper, we study the macro-level structure of the Dutch policy agenda and link patterns of agenda-setting with the institutional context in which this agenda-setting process occurs, that is, the Dutch parliamentary democracy characterized by multi-party government. We coded all Queen's speeches between 1945 and 2007 with a topic code book, based on similar code books used in other countries. In this way, we can examine Dutch agenda-setting patterns and assess the effects of coalition composition and coalition life cycle (from the first year a newly formed government is installed to the last year it is still in office) on agenda-setting.

Substantive Focus:
Governance PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History PRIMARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY