Risk and Crisis Management in the Public Sector

By Lynn T. Drennan, Lynn T Drennan, Allan McConnell

© 2007 – Routledge

272 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

A particular feature of modern, post-industrial societies is their growing awareness of risk and crisis management. This book’s main theme is therefore the context, concepts and practice of risk and crisis management in the public sector in Western, notably European, and Asia Pacific countries. Relating to extraordinary phenomena, the term ‘risk and crisis management’, covers such events and incidents as:

  • natural catastrophes (earthquakes, hurricanes and floods)
  • terrorist attacks (Bali, New York, Madrid)
  • corporate failures (HIH, Enron, WorldCom)
  • threats to human and animal welfare (SARS, Foot and Mouth, BSE)
  • critical incidents (bushfires, rail crashes, aviation accidents, mass shootings)
  • environmental degradation (rain forests, ozone layer, oil spills)
  • policy failures (UK Poll Tax, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Commission, public-private partnerships).

The public sector, at both national and sub-national levels, plays a crucial role not only in the management of such extraordinary events as these, but also in anticipating and preparing for the ‘unthinkable’. This book links theory and practice, to equip public managers and those studying public management with the necessary knowledge and skills to manage risk, and deal effectively with crises.


'This book is an excellent introduction to risk and crisis management. The authors demonstrate an impressive command of this interdisciplinary field. It showcases the most important challenges faced by contemporary risk and crisis managers, highlights the main findings of academic research about them, and offers sensible lessons for practitioners.' - Professor Paul Hart, Australian National University and Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Nature of Risk and Crisis 2. The Crisis Management Cycle: From Early Warnings to Post-Crisis Evaluation 3. Drivers for Risk and Crisis Management 4. Assessing Risks 5. Treating Risks 6. Contingency Planning and Crisis Preparedness 7. Managing the Crisis 8. Post-Crisis Evaluation and Learning 9. Risk and Crisis Management in a Global World. Conclusion

About the Series

Routledge Masters in Public Management

Routledge Masters in Public Management is a series of original texts which offers students and practitioners a concise, coordinated and comprehensive learning resource.

The series benefits from a coordinated format, including the use of such pedagogical features as learning points, text boxes, annotated further reading and questions for further discussion. Each volume in the series stands in its own right as a textbook which is essential reading for a particular module in a public management degree scheme. Taken together, the series offers an integrated and up-to-date collection of core textbooks and supplementary reading that can provide the backbone of any student’s study of public management – whether based upon an MBA or MPA programme, a stand-alone course or through a period of individual study. Taking an expert look at an increasingly important and complex discipline, this is a groundbreaking series.

The resources represented in this series go beyond the “toolkit” or “recipe” format which does not reflect the way working in the public sector actually happens. Rather, the series encourages the reader to develop the core managerial skills and critical thinking required to excel in this discipline.

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