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Collaborative Crisis Management

Interorganizational Approaches to Extreme Events, 1st Edition

Edited by Fredrik Bynander, Daniel Nohrstedt


256 pages

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Public organizations are increasingly expected to cope with crisis under the same resource constraints and mandates that make up their normal routines, reinforced only through collaboration. Collaborative Crisis Management introduces readers to how collaboration shapes societies’ capacity to plan for, respond to, and recover from extreme and unscheduled events.

Placing emphasis on five conceptual dimensions, this book teaches students how this panacea works out on the ground and in the boardrooms, and how insights on collaborative practices can shed light on the outcomes of complex inter-organizational challenges across cases derived from different problem areas, administrative cultures and national systems. Written in a concise, accessible style by experienced teachers and scholars, it places modes of collaboration under an analytical microscope by assessing not only the collaborative tools available to actors, but also how they are used, to what effect and with which adaptive capacity. Ten empirical chapters that span different international cases and contexts discuss:

  • Natural and ‘man-made’ hazards: earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, terrorism, migration flows, and violent protests.
  • Transnational collaborative institutions, such as regional economic communities in Africa and the European Union.
  • Application of a multi-method approach, including single case-studies, comparative case-studies, process-tracing, and ‘large-n’ designs.

This book is essential reading for those researching and teaching crisis management.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Collaboration in the Context of Extreme Events 2. Organizational Upscaling in Collaborative Crisis Management: A Comparative Assessment of Wildfire Responder Networks in Canada and Sweden 3. Secure Summits: Collaborative Crisis Management before and during Global Government Conventions 4.Coordinating Extraordinary Influx of Migrants: The Case of the 2015 Migration Crisis in Sweden 5. The Management of Security Communication Systems 6. Only Trees Burning? A Case-Study of the Mid-Sweden Forest Fire of 2014 7. Collaborative Crisis Management in a Centralized Polity: Insights and Lessons from Turkey 8. Reducing Vulnerability through Collaboration: The Occupy Sandy Movement 9. Transregional Crisis Management in Africa: A Missing Link or Hyperbole for Global Governance 10. Creating Transboundary Tools for Transboundary Crises: The Dutch Local Response to the Global Surge in ISIS-supporters 11. The Organization and Use of Scientific Advice for Collaborative Crisis Management 12. Conclusion: Research Frontiers and Practical Lessons on Collaborative Crisis Management

About the Editors

Fredrik Bynander is Director of the Center for Societal Security and Chairman of the Board of the Center of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS). Prior to this appointment, Fredrik was a Special adviser at the Prime Minister's Office Secretariat for Crisis Coordination and in 2011-2012, he was its head of strategic planning. His current research interests include crisis management studies, collaborative crisis management, leadership succession and foreign policy analysis. Frederik is a member of the Royal Academy of War Sciences, and the Swedish Society for International Affairs.

Daniel Nohrstedt is Associate Professor of Political Science at Uppsala University, Sweden. He studies processes of interorganizational collaboration, learning, change and performance in the context of crisis management and natural hazards planning. His other research interests include policy process theory (particularly the Advocacy Coalition Framework), governance, policy network theory, and collaborative public management.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief