Department of Administration and Organization Theory

Establishing a National Police Emergency Response Center

Lægreid, Rykkja and Christensen with article on the establishment of Norway’s National Police Emergency Response Center.

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Professor Per Lægreid and Associate Professor Lise H. Rykkja, along with Professor Tom Christensen at the University of Oslo, have published an article entitled “Establishing a National Police Emergency Response Center: How Urgency Led to Delay” in the journal “Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy”.

After the terrorist attacks on July 22, 2011, Norway’s National Police Emergency Response Center was established to enhance governance capacity and contribute to crisis mitigation, prevention, preparedness, and operational crisis management. The authors examine the analyzes and decision-making process undergone in establishing the center, and ask why it took so long to get going. They highlight that the process was marked by a lack of rational calculation and influenced by external shocks, focusing events, and windows of opportunities. There was lack of cost benefit analyses, political symbols and ‘garbage-can’ elements. They conclude that the sense of urgency created by the attacks led to a delay in the decision-making process.