Department of Administration and Organization Theory

New article by Tom Christensen, Per Lægreid and Lise H. Rykkja in Studies in Conflicts and Terrorism

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How to Balance Individual Rights and Societal Security? The View of Civil Servants

How do Norwegian government officials perceive the dilemma between liberty and security after the 2011 terrorist attacks? A survey from 2016 shows that the central government officials’ attitudes are rather similar to the general population. Both are willing to trade individual rights for more societal security. Structural, cultural, and demographic features explain variations in the civil servants’ views. Position and perceptions of crisis management capacity make a difference. Officials responsible for crisis management are more willing to prioritize security. Low conflict, high trust, and a strong identification with central government creates support for security measures. Furthermore, age and gender matter.

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