Collecting the lessons learned for the management of creeping crises
The book Governing the Pandemic (authored by Arjen Boin, Allan McConnell and Paul ‘t Hart) analyzes how different countries handled the COVID-19 crisis. The authors formulate lessons for resilient response systems.
A new book on an intriguing phenomenon: the Creeping Crisis (with various case studies)
We would like to invite you to the fifth PUPOL International Conference: ‘Leadership in Progress: New Avenues in Studying and Developing Public and Political Leadership‘ 16-17 April 2020 in The Hague.
Policymakers are often surprised by the sudden emergence of a crisis. In hindsight, it is then discovered that signals of the impending crises had been long present. They could have seen it coming, or so the idea goes. Where and how do these creeping crises develop? Can they be detected?
Based on unique survey data and interviews in nineteen EU member states, this exciting new book by Sten Widmalm, Charles Parker & Thomas Persson explores the challenges the EU and its member states face in order to achieve more effective cooperation in the quest to better protect its citizens, namely in the critical field of civil protection. It provides insights to what kind of cooperative structures exist in Europe in this issue area—in single countries, between countries, and at the EU level. It shows how trust, shared norms, cooperative networks, and administrative culture determine how well the system functions and the ability of countries to cooperate in this area. It also analyses how much cooperation within the Union can be sensibly expected and which cleavages and barriers must be overcome in the pursuit of future policy reforms.
The best book on EU civil protection!
For more information: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030028572.
Modern society is increasingly facing a transboundary threat environment. More and more crises emerge from faraway domains. This development challenges the pillars on which modern response systems rest. In this new article, Arjen Boin explores the challenges and explains why we are not ready to deal with these transboundary crises. The article concludes with a research agenda.
The article is free to download through Wiley.
Last week, Arjen Boin attended the second conference of the International Network of Disaster Studies in Morioka, Japan. He shared his insights on the Transboundary Crisis: crisis which will be hard to manage in the near future, due to the complexity of our systems and agreements, quick escaltaion phases and the absence of clear (policy)domains in which the crisis unfolds.
The conference theme was Landscape-Scale Disasters, Emergency Response, and Regional Recovery. Arjen learned more about the resilience of local communities at the coast during the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster.
Crisisplan coordinated the first pilot demonstration of ZONeSEC, an FP7 project dedicated to developing an integrative and affordable solution for the surveillance of large critical infrastructures. The ZONeSEC team recently deployed the developed system at Acciona (highway operator in Spain) and demonstrated different technologies for detecting and localizing illicit patterns of activity. Check out the pilot video below!
On Wednesday April 3rd, Crisisplan organized an interactive event regarding the future of Dutch crisis management. Over 50 crisis professionals, all experts in their fields of expertise (e.g. police, safety regions, critical infrastructure), attended the event and participated in the discussion. The event was held in the headquarters of the Dutch calamity hospital.
Arjen Boin provided the kick-off by introducing the overarching theme, as published in a recent article with Werner Overdijk. In this publication, they argue that the information flow from the operation towards the strategic level is an important bottleneck during crises.
Martijn Reeser from the municipality of The Hague explained how their Security Team developed a strategic checklist together with Crisisplan. This checklist provides guidance and focus in supporting the strategic level. The checklist method helps to efficiently request operational information to facilitate strategic decision making.
The complexity of crises was discussed in a presentation by Jacco Rodermond from the Safety Region Drenthe. Also, the distinction between a crisis and a disaster was elaborated on.
During the discussion with the participants, it became apparent that the current role of the information manager isn’t clearly defined and future-proof. Participants stated that a common approach to manage crises is still unavailable in the Netherlands. The day ended with a tour through the calamity hospital.
This special event provides food for thought about future crisis management. Crisisplan and the participating professionals gladly continue this discussion.