Developing Local Emergency Management by Co-Ordination Between Municipalities in Policy Networks: Experiences from Sweden
2007 (English)In: Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, ISSN 0966-0879, Vol. 15, no 4, 173-182 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study aims to increase our understanding of how co-operation in inter-municipality policy networks in a Swedish region is established and maintained regarding emergency management. We discuss how a network of five municipalities emerged and took shape. Overall, we conclude that co-ordination and co-operation in municipal emergency management are probably relatively easy to develop, because it is easy for the involved actors to see the benefits. Sharing resources is seen as crucial when establishing and, not least, financing efficient, high-quality emergency management. The municipalities' lack of resources to provide effective emergency services, as required by law, makes them dependent on each other. Limits for co-ordination were connected to distance and other geographical factors. Other limits of equal importance were linked to factors such as culture/tradition, mutual understanding, size of partners, and unwillingness to give up authority as well as a prior barrier for co-operation between small and bigger municipalities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 15, no 4, 173-182 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-16682DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5973.2007.00525.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-16682DiVA: diva2:159928
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Jenny Palm and Elina Ramsell, Developing Local Emergency Management by Co-Ordination Between Municipalities in Policy Networks: Experiences from Sweden, 2007, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, (15), 4, 173-182.
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