Multilevel Governance and Civil Protection - the tension between sector and territorial specialisation

Project Department: Uni Research Rokkan Centre (group: Democracy, Civil Society and Public Administration) period: 01.10.06 - 31.12.10

About the project

In the course of the last 15 years, comprehensive change and reform has taken place within the Norwegian system of government, at local, regional and national levels. All of these changes have been of significance for the relations between the various levels. The aim of this project is to contribute to an understanding of forms of public organisations at the interface between sectors and levels. The main issues is what conditions and challenges the various specialisation principles and mechanisms for coordination will have for governance and democracy. The project will focus on the vulnerability for society and more specifically on organizing for the protection of civilians in society. The point of commencement for studying this particular field is that choice of specialisation principles plays an important role as there are dynamic relations between the choice of specialisation and the various levels. The theoretical basis is a broad institutional perspective where the main assumption is that organisational forms such as they emerge in the various forms of specialisation and coordination mechanisms, have behavioural consequences for those authorities and policy areas which are involved. The underlying assumption is that one cannot comprehend the content of public policy without analysing the administrative organisations and mode of operation.

Funding suorce: The Norwegian Research Council



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