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Meta-Governance and Collaborative Crisis Management—Competing Rationalities in the Management of the Swedish Security Communications System
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2017 (English)In: Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, ISSN 1944-4079, E-ISSN 1944-4079Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

It is well recognized that contemporary crisis call for collaborative efforts across both organizational and jurisdictional boundaries. One of the key challenges for governments and public authorities responsible for organizing crisis management is to find adequate ways in which they can support decentralized and collaborative responses. This effort can be analyzed through the meta-governance approach that suggests that different instruments can be used to support decentralized collaborative efforts. This article analyzes the management of crisis communication in Sweden and the implementation of a new national Security Communications System (SCS) as a specific case of meta-governance. The main finding suggests that meta-governance may be impaired by combining different types of governance (sovereignty, markets, or network management) due to competing rationality invested in each governance style. The deadlock was, however, resolved by direct involvement and increased deliberation between the meta-governors and the end users as it generated a shared understanding of crisis management and the utility of a single SCS. Besides identifying the importance of direct involvement in terms of network management the article also suggests that meta-governors need to develop a deeper and more sensitive understanding of the self-organizing nature of networks in order to be able to support collaborative crisis management.

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2017.
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Crisis management, governmentality, meta-governance, rationality, Security communication systems (SCS)
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Social Sciences
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-327334DOI: 10.1002/rhc3.12120OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-327334DiVA, id: diva2:1130380
Available from: 2017-08-09 Created: 2017-08-09 Last updated: 2017-08-10Bibliographically approved

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