blame shifting

blame shifting

n. a process in business and government wherein the blame for something bad is shifted from person to person. (A coinage that has appeal because it fills the need to express the concept succinctly.) Can’t we have a decent argument without your constant blame shifting?
See also: blame, shift
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Nicosia-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist and bereavement coach Sonya J Whittle explains that the blame shifting over what took place is common in such circumstances.
There will be no more blame shifting, dithering or wishful thinking.
Blaming the poor and hungry for their poverty and hunger is nauseating blame shifting from privileged members of a smug political party.
There seems to be a degree of blame shifting, if the truth be told.
My Facebook post was not about Obama going to Hell," he said, adding: "It was about his obsession with blame shifting and I don't really see anything inappropriate about it.
After an afternoon which had promised so much but delivered nothing except pathetic excuses and embarrassing blame shifting the mood was as mean as a jar of wasps.
NOT only do we have to contend with councillors point scoring and blame shifting, we now have the Coroner's Office blaming Cleveland Police for the unacceptable delay in performing inquests.
When something goes wrong, as with Katrina, blame shifting becomes the order of the day, as "partners" from all levels of government try to avoid responsibility for bad outcomes.
There was a fair amount of blame shifting (most of which I imagine is true), a little bit of sucking up to the supporters (do the owners really believe that we are not savvy enough to recognise it?
REMEDY: Realize that chronic blame shifting is often a signal that employees operate in silos rather than working together toward one common vision.
The authors give the lie to government misinformation campaigns that try to blame shifting agriculture for the destruction of the rainforest and the massive fires that followed.
She provided not one word of apology or responsibility - nothing but blame shifting.
Unified government, he argues, makes it more likely that presidents will seek economic performance rather than partisanship by lessening opportunities for blame shifting.