Second Edition “Politics of Crisis Management” book out now!

We proudly announce the second edition of the Politics of Crisis Management book. This ideas in this book have been well received in the world of strategic crisis management. We use the same framework, but it is thoroughly updated with new findings & recent examples! Available from Cambridge University Press or any other good book store.

Sanneke Kuipers new editor of Risk, Hazards and Crisis in Public Policy (RHCPP)

Congratulations to Crisisplan colleague Sanneke Kuipers! Sanneke is the new editor of this fine journal.

See PDF for more information.

New Special Issue: “Designing Resilient Institutions for Transboundary Crisis Management”

A special issue of the journal Public Administration investigates the various challenges that beset modern government as it tries to (re)design institutions in the light of transboundary threats. For an overview of articles, click here.

The introduction written by editors Arjen Boin and Martin Lodge can be found here.


After Brussels: Moving forward by building transboundary crisis management capacity

In today’s world of refugee crises and terrorist attacks, the EU member states are increasingly going it alone. Arjen Boin, Mark Rhinard and Magnus Ekengren argue that backtracking from integration is the wrong strategy. To protect our society, member states must collaborate to build transboundary crisis management capacities.

See the TransCrisis blog on the Brussel attacks here.

EU further expands its Crisis Management toolkit

The EU has more tools for crisis management than people think, but these tools are clearly not enough to deal with the current migration crisis. The Commission is now proposing an expansion of its toolkit, by “turning inward” one of its oldest tools: providing financial support to disaster-struck countries. For a press release, follow this link.


For an analysis of the EU’s crisis management toolkit, read “The European Union as Crisis Manager“.

“Backsliding” – New Crisis for the European Union?

Martin Lodge (LSE) and Nick Sitter (CEU) argue that the EU is facing a new crisis: the backsliding of Member States on previous commitments. Rather than investing in new transboundary crisis management capacities, the member states increasingly chose to go it alone. Read this brief piece here.

European Civil Security Governance

Natural disasters, industrial or large-scale transport accidents, health threats or the response to terrorist attacks have risen to feature prominently on the agenda of European security policy-makers and practitioners over the last decade. States and international organizations, most notably the European Union, have established a plethora of policies and mechanisms to deal with these risks and crises. This edited volume is the first publication to examine the resulting cross-cutting, multi-level policy space of European civil security governance in its different manifestations and consequences. Thus, this study identifies patterns of diversity and commonality between European states and international organizations, elucidates the process of transformation and reviews the opportunities for transnational cooperation in the hybrid area of civil security that still often escapes wider public attention. European Civil Security Governancewill be of interest to researchers and students of crisis and disaster management, EU integration, international organizations and security governance.


Comparing Crisis Coordination Structures in Six Countries

Solid empirical research on crisis coordination structures from our Norwegian colleagues.

You can find it here.

Does the EU learn from crises?

In this excellent article, Wout Broekema (Leiden University) explains how politicization affects EU learning in four oil disasters.

ABSTRACT: This article explores the relation between issue politicization and crisis-induced learning by the EU. The author performs a political claims analysis on the political response to the four major oil spill disasters that have occurred in European waters since 1993. Political claims observed in three arenas (mass media, national parliaments, and the European Parliament) were compared with recommendations in post-crisis evaluation reports and the EU’s legislative responses. For all three political arenas, findings indicate that politicization of issues either promotes or impedes crisis-induced EU learning, which points to the existence of determining intervening factors. EU legislation that is adopted in response to oil spill disasters appears to a large extent grounded in crisis evaluation reports. Characteristics of crisis evaluation reports, especially the degree of international focus, seem to offer a more plausible explanation for variance in crisis-induced learning outcomes than politicization.

You can find the full article here.

Introducing the INACHUS Project: New Technologies for Search and Rescue

Crisisplan is part of the Inachus consortium (a Horizon 2020 project sponsored by the EU). This consortium is developing new tools for Search and Rescue teams. For more information, see the INACHUS site.