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Organizing after Crisis

The Challenge of Learning


Edited By Nathalie Schiffino, Laurent Taskin, Céline Donis and Julien Raone

How do actors organize after crisis? Do they «simply» return to normal? The post-crisis phase is anything but a linear process. Actors and their practices may be transformed by learning from crises and by implementing the lessons.
In this volume, 19 contributors from 7 countries analyse how learning happens after crisis in a dynamic political environment where framings, strategies, discourses, interests and resources interact. Exploring various policy sectors, they ask whether and in what ways organizations in charge of crisis management perform well. Where political responsibility is located? What changes do lessons trigger at political, organizational and individual levels? The book answers these questions by addressing issues like blame and responsibility but also the influence of communication, social dynamics and the institutional environment.
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About the contributors


Thomas Birkland is the William T. Kretzer Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University. He studies public policy processes, including agenda setting, policy change, and learning. His particular focus is on event-driven change and learning. He is the author of After Disaster (1997) and Lessons of Disaster (2006), and numerous scholarly articles.

Gabriel Blouin Genest is currently an assistant professor at the Université de Moncton (New-Brunswick, Canada). His work focuses on global health governance, the role of international organizations (especially the World Health Organization), human rights and the global governance of water. He published in 2012 with Sylvie Paquerot and Frederic Julien a book on the global governance of water. He currently works on global health crises and international pandemic management.

Annika Brändström is a PhD student at Utrecht University, School of Governance and an associate at Crismart, Swedish National Defense College. Since 2008, she is a full time senior adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office of Sweden, responsible for coordinating crisis management throughout the Government Offices. Before entering the Government Offices she worked as a lecturer and project coordinator at the Swedish National Defense College and at the Swedish Institute for International Affairs. Her research currently focuses on crisis decision-making and particularly on accountability and blame management by top political leaders.

Edward Deverell is Associate Professor at the Swedish National Defense College’s Center for Crisis Management Research and Training...

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