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Blindsided? September 11 and the Origins of Strategic Surprise
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government. Swedish Institute of International Affairs.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0407-3939
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government. Center for Crisis Management Research and Training, Swedish National Defense College, and Swedish Institute of International Affairs.
2002 (English)In: Political Psychology, ISSN 0162-895X, Vol. 23, no 3, 601-630 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The devastating terror attacks of 11 September 2001 have often been characterized as a “bolt from the blue.” Drawing inspiration from the political psychological literature on strategic surprise, this article poses the deceptively simple question of why so many U.S. policymakers were caught so woefully off guard last year. Through a preliminary empirical exploration of three broad explanatory “cuts” derived from the relevant interdisciplinary literature—psychological, bureau–organizational, and agenda–political—the authors seek to shed light on the sources of failure that may have contributed to 9/11 and point to promising avenues of investigation for future research as the available empirical record becomes more complete.

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Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2002. Vol. 23, no 3, 601-630 p.
Keyword [en]
strategic surprise, policy failure, overvaluation, overconfidence, wishful thinking, bureaucratic politics, organizational process, threat politics, issue framing, agenda setting
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Political Science Psychology
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-18795DOI: 10.1111/0162-895X.00300OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-18795DiVA: diva2:46567
Available from: 2006-11-22 Created: 2006-11-22 Last updated: 2017-06-15Bibliographically approved

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