Four years of research on social security are completed

The four-year-long project "Governance Capacity and Legitimacy for Social Security" sums up their findings.

Societal Security and Crisis Management. Governance Capacity and Legitimacy, by Per Lægreid and Lise Rykkja (Eds.).

This book studies governance capacity and governance legitimacy for societal security and crisis management. It highlights the importance of building organizational capacity by focusing on the coordination of public resources and underscores the relevance of legitimacy by emphasizing the importance of public perceptions, attitudes, and trust vis-à-vis government arrangements for crisis management.

The authors explore several cases and identify relevant dimensions concerning performance, capacity and legitimacy across different countries. It is an ideal volume for audiences interested in public administration, public policy, crisis management and security studies.

The International Public Management Network (IPMN) conference is for the first time hosted in Norway this week.  The mission of IPMN is to provide a forum for sharing ideas, concepts and results of research and practice in the field of public management, and to stimulate critical thinking about alternative approaches to problem solving and decision making in the public sector. 20-21 September the Uni Research Rokkan Centre and the Department of Administration and Organization Theory arrange the IPMN conference on  “Organizing for Societal Security and Crisis Management. Building Governance Capacity and Legitimacy” in Bergen. 

 

This event is also the ending conference of a four year international comparative project on this topic, the GOVCAP project, funded by the SAMRISK program  at the  Norwegian Research Council.   The project has been run from Uni Research Rokkan Centre in Bergen in collaboration with the Department of Administration and Organization Theory.. It is a comparative project covering five countries.  It has had partners from Sweden, Germany;  UK, Martin Lodge and the Netherland. One of the leading European scholars in crisis management, professor . Arjen Boin from Leiden University, the Netherland will give a key note on this conference.

A book  from the project has just been published,  Societal Security and Crisis Management. Governance Capacity and Legitimacy, edited by Per Lægreid  and Lise H. Rykkja will be presented at the conference. The book studies governance capacity and governance legitimacy for societal security and crisis management across different countries and types of crises. It highlights the importance of building organizational capacity by focusing on the coordination of public resources and underscores the relevance of legitimacy by emphasizing the importance of public perceptions, attitudes, and trust vis-à-vis government arrangements for crisis management.

 The book  consists of 19 chapters divided into three parts. The first part describes the formal administrative arrangements for societal security in the five countries, how they have changed after 9/11 and the driving forces for change. The second part addresses governance capacity and how crisis management work in practice in the same countries by addressing different crises ranging from intended crises like terrorist attacks and riots to unintended crises such as natural disasters. The last part focuses on governance legitimacy by addressing how crises and terrorism affect the citizens trust in government and democratic values. 

Internal security and crisis management is a main responsibility for government and it has become more important over time. This book reveals that crises tests the limits of what public administration is designed to do and that governments at all levels has much learning and adaptation in front of them if they want to become effective and authoritative crises managers.

The conference will discuss 22 papers form 14 different countries: the USA, Canada, NL, Sweden, Norway, Germany, France,  United Kingdom, Italy, Israel, Korea, Mexico, Kenya and The Philippines..


Aug. 15, 2018, 11:37 a.m.

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