Public organizations are increasingly expected to cope with crisis under the same resource constraints and mandates that make up their normal routines, reinforced only through collaboration. Collaborative Crisis Management introduces readers to how collaboration shapes societies’ capacity to plan for, respond to, and recover from extreme and unscheduled events.

Placing emphasis on five conceptual dimensions, this book teaches students how this panacea works out on the ground and in the boardrooms, and how insights on collaborative practices can shed light on the outcomes of complex inter-organizational challenges across cases derived from different problem areas, administrative cultures, and national systems. Written in a concise, accessible style by experienced teachers and scholars, it places modes of collaboration under an analytical microscope by assessing not only the collaborative tools available to actors but also how they are used, to what effect, and with which adaptive capacity. Ten empirical chapters span different international cases and contexts discussing:

  • Natural and "man-made" hazards: earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, terrorism, migration flows, and violent protests
  • Different examples of collaborative institutions, such as regional economic communities in Africa, and multi-level arrangements in Canada, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Switzerland
  • Application of a multimethod approach, including single case studies, comparative case studies, process-tracing, and "large-n" designs.

Collaborative Crisis Management is essential reading for those involved in researching and teaching crisis management.

chapter Chapter 1|12 pages

Collaborative Crisis Management

Inter-Organizational Approaches to Extreme Events

chapter Chapter 2|14 pages

Upscaling Collaborative Crisis Management

A Comparison of Wildfire Responder Networks in Canada and Sweden

chapter Chapter 3|16 pages

Secure Summits

Collaborative Crisis Management Before and During Global Government Conventions

chapter Chapter 4|14 pages

Managing Extraordinary Influx of Migrants

The 2015 Migration Crisis in Sweden

chapter Chapter 5|13 pages

Overcoming Collective-Action Problems in Collaborative Crisis Management

Meta-Governance and Security Communications Systems

chapter Chapter 7|12 pages

Collaborative Crisis Management in Turkey

Perceptions and Outcomes of Collaboration During Two Earthquakes

chapter Chapter 9|15 pages

Addressing the Challenges of Transboundary Crises

The Dutch Local Response to the Global Surge in ISIS Supporters

chapter Chapter 10|13 pages

Avoiding the Failures of Collaborative Crisis Management

Lessons from Research and Practice

chapter Chapter 11|16 pages

Under What Conditions Does an Extreme Event Deploy its Focal Power?

Toward Collaborative Governance in Swiss Flood Risk Management