Crisis Response and Management of Public Administrations: Forgotten Tales

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Public administrations, Crisis management, Refugee movements, COVID-19, Empirical research

Abstract

Crises and disasters have become omnipresent worldwide in recent years. But thinking of managing those critical situations the focus of the public and scientific research in recent years was primarily on blue light organizations, i.e., classic emergency response organizations. This changed with the refugee situation in 2015/2016 and the COVID-19 pandemic, when public administrations and local authorities in particular took on a central role in crisis management. They became the central players in those situations, played an important role at the interface with the local population and were the first point of contact and information for them. This article sheds light on municipal administrations in Germany which have often be overlooked in various stages of crisis management. Drawing on empirical evidence from a German research project, it delves into the extent to which municipalities may have been overlooked or disregarded in certain aspects.

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Author Biographies

  • Yannic Schulte, University of Wuppertal

    Yannic Schulte

    Research Associate

    Institute for Public Safety and Emergency Management

    School of Mechanical Engineering and Safety Engineering

    University of Wuppertal
  • Malte Schönefeld, University of Wuppertal

    Malte Schönefeld

    Research Associate

    Institute for Public Safety and Emergency Management

    School of Mechanical Engineering and Safety Engineering

    University of Wuppertal
  • Patricia M. Schütte, University of Wuppertal
    Dr. rer. soc. Patricia M. Schütte Senior Researcher & Lecturer and Head of research group Management and Organization in Public Security, Safety and Emergency Response Institute for Public Safety and Emergency Management School of Mechanical Engineering and Safety Engineering University of Wuppertal
  • Frank Fiedrich, University of Wuppertal

    Frank Fiedrich

    Professor of Public Safety and Emergency Management

    Institute for Public Safety and Emergency Management

    School of Mechanical Engineering and Safety Engineering

    University of Wuppertal

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Published

2024-05-15

How to Cite

Schulte, Y., Schönefeld, M., Schütte, P. M., & Fiedrich, F. (2024). Crisis Response and Management of Public Administrations: Forgotten Tales. ISCRAM Proceedings, 21. http://ojs.iscram.org/index.php/Proceedings/article/view/54

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