Civil Protection Cooperation in the European Union

How Trust and Administrative Culture Matter for Crisis Management

  • Sten Widmalm
  • Charles F. Parker
  • Thomas Persson

Part of the European Administrative Governance book series (EAGOV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Sten Widmalm, Charles F. Parker, Thomas Persson
    Pages 37-54
  3. Sten Widmalm, Charles F. Parker, Thomas Persson
    Pages 55-101
  4. Sten Widmalm, Charles F. Parker, Thomas Persson
    Pages 103-132
  5. Sten Widmalm, Charles F. Parker, Thomas Persson
    Pages 133-158
  6. Sten Widmalm, Charles F. Parker, Thomas Persson
    Pages 159-184
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 185-200

About this book


“This fine team of academics moves beyond mere descriptions of capacities, structures and processes to explain the effectiveness of Civil Protection in the EU. With their exploration of trust as a key factor, they deliver the best book so far on this critical topic.”

—Arjen Boin, Leiden University, the Netherlands


“Grounded in unique and voluminous fieldwork within the EU’s nascent community of civil protection practitioners and mechanisms, this timely study shows us that interpersonal and professional trust rooted in collegiate relationships is pivotal for bridging the different policy styles embedded in member states’ administrative cultures and building much-needed cohesive, effective and resilient European crisis management capacity. A gem for crisis management and EU scholars alike.”

—Paul ‘t Hart, Utrecht University and Netherlands School of Public Administration, the Netherlands

The EU and its member states have committed themselves to the protection of their citizens, and a Europe that protects must be able to respond effectively when disaster strikes. Utilizing unique survey data and interviews in nineteen EU member states, this book treats civil protection and crisis management as crucial cases for investigating which factors—such as trust, public-administration culture, and public-administration structure—facilitate or hinder effective EU cooperation. In addition to investigating the main divides and unifying patterns of cooperation that exist among the EU member states, the authors combine knowledge from crisis management studies together with insights from public and social capital studies to examine to what extent so-called ‘software factors’, such as culture, trust, and norms, matter for achieving effective civil protection cooperation and crisis management.


European Union civil protection crisis management cooperation social capital software factors EU countries DG ECHO methodological issues administrative culture Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) effectiveness performance professionalism hierarchy civil-protection agencies social trust institutional trust professional judgement autonomy

Authors and affiliations

  • Sten Widmalm
    • 1
  • Charles F. Parker
    • 2
  • Thomas Persson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GovernmentUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Department of Government Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS)Uppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  3. 3.Department of GovernmentUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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