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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Blame shifting cannot solve problems of labour exploitation, however, which are an outcome of a much broader global production system.
Solution does not lie in blame shifting, hurling warnings and sending droves to Pakistani territory.
Here, in a nutshell, is how each of the five tricks lets them shift blame and the way that the Honest Deal Act would stop the blame shifting.
The same authors acknowledge that "not only may voters have difficulty figuring out who is responsible for what, but politicians will have strong incentives to engage in blame shifting and credit taking that will further serve to undermine clear responsibility linkages.
And when politicians were looked toward to bury their various hatchets and seek out expertise to conquer the crisis they did not disappoint -- falling back on their favorite tactics of mud slinging and blame shifting.
2014): credit claiming (self-attribution of success, directed towards the speaker), credit granting (attribution of success to others), admitting mistakes (self-attribution of failure), blame shifting (attribution of failure to others) and requesting (request attribution to others).
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.
No prevarication, no excuses, no blame shifting, no protecting of people who may be backed by Russia who may have been involved in this terrible event.
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.
Tania Dickinson was a Work and Income employee, who described herself on her Facebook page as a "very expensive paperweight who is highly competent in the art of time wastage, blame shifting and stationary [sic] theft".
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.