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.