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The typology for allocations of societal risk and safety management tasks at the local governmental level: Framing the current directions in Sweden
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Environmental Sciences.
Department of Political Science, Åbo Akademi University, Finland.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Environmental Sciences.
2009 (English)In: Safety Science, ISSN 0925-7535, Vol. 47, no 5, 680-685 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The starting point for this article is the need to develop empirical insights about contemporary societal risk and safety management practice and executive structures. In order to facilitate insights about societal risk and safety management in a Scandinavian welfare context we use Sweden and its local governmental level (municipal) as an empirical frame in this paper. The aim for this article is to analyse how a variety of risk and safety management tasks are divided within the Swedish municipalities. The objectives are to frame the current directions for internal allocations of risk and safety issues by providing an empirically based executive typology and to contemplate the implications and future research needs that arise from that management pattern.The analysis is based on statistical analysis of information from a web-survey with chief officials (n = 1283) with responsibilities for different municipal functions and sectors. In this study the responses to one of the survey questions are used for statistical analysis. The analyzed question focused on the degree that the respondents estimated that their administrative sector or function handled a selection of risk and safety management assignments (n = 45). A factor analysis was applied to identify patterns in the dataset. The analysis resulted in an eight factor solution with a high degree of explained variance (74.3%). The results provide an elementary contribution to the understanding of the current societal risks and safety management directions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 47, no 5, 680-685 p.
Keyword [en]
Societal risk management, Societal safety management, Sweden, Typology, Municipal
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Public Health Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-27075DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2008.09.008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-27075DiVA: diva2:618203
Available from: 2013-04-26 Created: 2013-04-26 Last updated: 2013-11-11Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Societal risk and safety management: Policy diffusion, management structures and perspectives at the municipal level in Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Societal risk and safety management: Policy diffusion, management structures and perspectives at the municipal level in Sweden
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This compilation thesis investigates risk and safety management at the Swedish local governmentallevel. It sets special focus on municipal implementation of overall international and nationalstrategies and objectives regarding holistic, cross-sectorial and multi-strategic risk and safetywork, and the prevention of accidents and injuries.

The overall aim for this thesis have been to empirically map and provide an overview of theadministrative structures for, and the prevailing management perspectives applied in the societalrisk and safety management in Sweden, as well as to study the diffusion of strategic intentions forthis area down to the municipal level.

Three different sources constitute the thesis empirical base: two different set of official planningdocuments, written by Swedish municipal officials on commission of the local politiciansand one set of data from a survey investigation with municipal officials representing differentdepartments/functions. The documents were investigated using content analysis, while datafrom the survey were analyzed using statistical measures.

This thesis provides through its empirical works an outlook on the general characteristics andarchetypical features of the Swedish local level’s administrative structures and managementperspective on risk and safety management; and proposes a municipal typology and a set of valuecharacters for allocation and institutionalization of risk and safety-tasks. This thesis also suggestsa conceptual framework for overviewing risk and safety management’s systemic steering elementsin its framework report. Based on the findings made, it seems as if the local level’s compliance tothe strategic level’s ambitions for the risk and safety area is hindered by practical implementationdifficulties and that much work remains in order to reach stated strategic objectives regardingholistic, inter-sectorial and multi-strategic management approaches, and preventive risk andsafety work.

Abstract [en]

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The compilation thesis investigates Societal Risk and Safety Management (SRSM) at the Swedish local governmental level. It sets special focus on municipal implementation of overall international and national strategies and objectives regarding holistic, cross-sectorial and multi-strategic risk and safety work, and prevention of accidents/injuries and promotion of safety. Three different sources constitute the thesis empirical bases: two different sets of official governmental planning documents, written by Swedish municipal officials on commission of the local politicians and one set of data from a survey investigation with municipal officials (n=1283), representing different administrative departments/functions within different municipalities. The official documents were investigated using content analysis methodology, while data from the survey were analyzed using various statistical investigations. This thesis suggests a conceptual and systemic model for SRSM’s contextual and analytical elements, and provides through its empirical works an overview of management perspectives and administrative structures applied, and it proposes a municipal typology and a set of value characters for allocation and institutionalization of SRSM-tasks locally.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2013. 70 p.
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2013:23
Keyword
societal risk and safety management, risk management, safety management, safety work, risk governance, policy implementation, planning, injury, accident, risk; safety, security, health, public health, prevention, promotion.
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Public Health Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-27079 (URN)978-91-7063-500-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-01-24, Frödingsalen, 1B 364, Karlstads universitet, Karlstad, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2013-11-08 Created: 2013-04-26 Last updated: 2013-11-14Bibliographically approved

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