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Crisis Management in the European Union

Cooperation in the Face of Emergencies

  • Stefan Olsson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Per Larsson, Eva Hagström Frisell, Stefan Olsson
    Pages 1-16
  3. Eva Hagström Frisell, Stefan Olsson
    Pages 17-35
  4. Madelene Lindström, Stefan Olsson
    Pages 37-59
  5. Sanna Zandén Kjellén, Stefan Olsson
    Pages 61-82
  6. Teresa Åhman, Claes Nilsson, Stefan Olsson
    Pages 83-107
  7. Madelene Lindström, Stefan Olsson
    Pages 109-126
  8. Per Larsson, Stefan Olsson
    Pages 127-138
  9. Anna Utterström, Stefan Olsson
    Pages 139-155
  10. Stefan Olsson, Per Larsson
    Pages 157-167
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 169-171

About this book


In less than a decade, Europe has witnessed a series of large-scale natural disasters and two major terrorist attacks. Growing concern about the trans-national effects of these incidents has caused the EU Member States to seek more multilateral cooperation. As a result, a system of common arrangements for handling large-scale emergencies or disasters has emerged, which, due to its quick and ad-hoc development, may seem almost impenetrable to newcomers to the field. This book seeks to provide a much-needed overview of disaster and crisis management systems in the EU. It provides a basic understanding of how EU policy has evolved, the EU’s mandate, and above all, a concise and hands-on description of the most central crisis management arrangements. Written by some of Europe’s main experts and consultants in the field, this book represents a unique and comprehensive source of information for everyone involved or interested in the European Union crisis management system.

"This book will quickly become an indispensable resource for two groups: Practitioners will enjoy its accessible and comprehensive style. Academics curious about this emerging field will turn to it for an introductory overview. As someone who closely studies this field, I find the book engaging, detailed, and accurate, and I read every line with great interest. The authors are to be commended for the quality of research that went into this work."

Mark Rhinard, Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI)


Civil Protection Crisis Management Disaster Management Disasters EU policy-making Emergency Management European Union European Union (EU) Natural Disaster Natural disasters Policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefan Olsson
    • 1
  1. 1.Swedish National Defence Research AgencyStockholmSweden

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