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Enhancing the EU's Transboundary Crisis Management Capacities: Strategies for Multi-Level Leadership

Objective

The European Union (EU) is facing the daunting prospect of transboundary crises: threats that escalate across national borders and policy domains. EU member states must collaborate to address these crises. EU governance can play a pivotal role in facilitating a joint response. But does the EU have the institutional leadership capacities to deal with transboundary crises?
The response to the financial crisis – a textbook example of a transboundary crisis – revealed deep problems with crisis leadership, including conflicting diagnoses, regulatory gaps, unclear political jurisdictions and responsibilities, a lack of problem solving capacity, and blame-shifting. Growing euroscepticism has been directly related to the EU’s role during this transboundary crisis.
This project outlines the institutional requirements for effective and legitimate crisis leadership in the face of transboundary crisis. We define crisis leadership as a set of strategic management functions, including the detection of impending threats, the collection and sharing of information, the coordination of partners, and the communication to the public about the crisis and the response.
The project analyses the capacities of political leaders in EU institutions and member states to fulfill these leadership functions. It will pinpoint the existing and required capacities to support these functions. It investigates the crisis management capacities of individual political leaders, and EU institutions. It explores the effects of political leadership on the member state level and studies how crisis management capacity is exercised in various policy sectors.
The project will result in recommendations for effective and legitimate crisis leadership. It establishes a ‘crisis management capital index’ that allows for an evidence-based assessment. It proposes strategies to build support for transboundary crisis management in a multilevel system, reconnecting citizens with an idea of what the EU can do for them.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/law/human rights
  • /social sciences/sociology/demography/human migration
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/crisis management

Call for proposal

H2020-EURO-SOCIETY-2014
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
Address
Houghton Street 1
WC2A 2AE London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 662 002

Participants (7)

CRISISPLAN BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 343 938
Address
Frambozenweg 123
2321 KA Leiden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 308 596
Address
Nador Utca 9
1051 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 276 700
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT BARCELONA D ESTUDIS INTERNACIONALS, FUNDACIO PRIVADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 224 459
Address
Calle Ramon Trias Fargas 25 Campus De La Ciutadella
08005 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CATANIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 127 830
Address
Piazza Universita 2
95131 Catania
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 252 581
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TAENKETANKEN EUROPA (TAENKETANKEN)
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 84 103
Address
Amagertorv 29A 4 Th
1160 Kobenhavn K
Activity type
Other