Institutionalization of risk and safety management at the local governmental level in Sweden
2009 (English)In: Journal of Risk Research, ISSN 1366-9877, E-ISSN 1466-4461, Vol. 12, no 5, 687-708 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The starting point for this article is the need for empirical knowledge about organizational configuration for societal risk and safety management activities in a modern welfare society. In this paper, we use Sweden as an empirical frame to analyze the administrative management structure at the local governmental level. The analysis is based on statistical analysis of information from a web‐survey with administrative chief/head officials (n = 1283) with responsibilities for different municipal functions and sectors. The sample represented 25% of the Swedish municipalities (n = 290) and the response rate was approximately 60% (n = 766). The responses to two sets of questions (25 and 45 questions) are used for statistical analyses of management structures and task distribution within the municipal organizations. Principal component factor analyses with Varimax and Kaiser's Normalization was applied as a structure detection method. The results indicate a clear and uniform way to institutionalize societal risk and safety management at the local level. Furthermore, the management course of action is found to have different types of value characters. The implications that arise from the patterns identified in this study are considered to be of general relevance and topicality for research and practice in this area.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 12, no 5, 687-708 p.
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject Public Health Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-27077DOI: 10.1080/13669870802689290OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-27077DiVA: diva2:618212