Organizational Reputations and the Observability of Public Warnings in 10 Pharmaceutical Markets
Version of Record online: 27 JUN 2011
© 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 24, Issue 3, pages 557–582, July 2011
How to Cite
MAOR, M. (2011), Organizational Reputations and the Observability of Public Warnings in 10 Pharmaceutical Markets. Governance, 24: 557–582. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0491.2011.01536.x
- Issue online: 27 JUN 2011
- Version of Record online: 27 JUN 2011
How does a regulator's reputation affect the public observability of its regulatory errors? I present a verbal model in the policy domain of drug safety that suggests that media coverage of the regulator's errors is a function of the regulator's predominant basis of reputation. Media coverage will be lowest when the regulator has a reputation for scientific expertise in preapproval drug evaluation (or when it “shadows” decisions made by regulators that have reputation for expertise) and highest when it has a reputation as a guarantor of public safety in the media. Empirical tests of the model in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Israel, and Switzerland between 1975 and 2004 supports the model's prediction and therefore, undermine Carpenter's assumption that regulators cannot recover reputation losses resulting from the approval of a truly dangerous drug.