–Alterations related to civil protection are driven by crisis

This is one of the findings in the project "Organizing for societal Security and Crisis Management: Building Governance Capacity and Legitimacy" (GOVCAP).

The project leader Per Lægreid was recently interviewed by the Norwegian Research Council about the project, which is now over halfway through the project period.

- In the project so far we have focused especially on the development of the field of civil protection in Norway after July 22. We also compared how civil protection and crisis management takes place in other countries, says Per Lægreid.

Illustration by Colourbox.

Our findings also suggest that there is not a best practice, "quick-fix" or universal solution applicable to many countries.

Resilience and crisis management can be viewed as a turbulent and stubborn problem area where task structure and the organizational structure do not overlap. We are faced with cross-border, complex policy areas characterized by uncertainty and ambiguity that sets limits to how far one can get with planning.

Per Lægreid have a desire to contribute with knowledge which can help the society to be more able to cope with such crises if something similar were to happen.

- Our hope is to contribute to a better organization of public safety and crisis management that takes into account various aspects of management capacity (enforcement, coordination, control, analysis) and by controlling legitimacy, trust and popular support.

Link to the project.

March 31, 2017, 4 p.m.

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