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Politicians often use 'independent experts' to avoid blame for contentious public policy. The use of multiple agents, however, has attracted relatively little attention. We extend the blameavoidance literature to identify additional opportunities and risks that arise when multiple agents are used to support/oppose particular public policies. We then test our propositions using evidence from recent local government reforms in New South Wales. The picture which emerges is largely one of confusiondoi:10.1080/10361146.2016.1238872 fatcat:yy3b65pmovbm5gwkkdhjap6g5a