Determining the Significance of Trust and Administrative Culture in Crisis Management


Based on unique survey data and interviews in nineteen EU member states, CNDS researcher Charles Parker, together with his colleagues Thomas Persson and Sten Widmalm, explored the challenges the EU and its member states face in order to achieve more effective cooperation in the quest to better protect its citizens, namely in the critical field of civil protection.

The book provides insights to what kind of cooperative structures exist in Europe in this issue area—in single countries, between countries, and at the EU level. It shows how trust, shared norms, cooperative networks, and administrative culture determine how well the system functions and the ability of countries to cooperate in this area. It also analyses how much cooperation within the Union can be sensibly expected and which cleavages and barriers must be overcome in the pursuit of future policy reforms.

Civil Protection Cooperation in the European Union: How Trust and Administrative Culture Matter for Crisis ManagementSten Widmalm, Charles Parker, and Thomas Persson. 

"Grounded in unique and voluminous fieldwork within the EU’s nascent community of civil protection practitioners and mechanisms, this timely study shows us that interpersonal and professional trust rooted in collegiate relationships is pivotal for bridging the different policy styles embedded in member states’ administrative cultures and building much-needed cohesive, effective and resilient European crisis management capacity. A gem for crisis management and EU scholars alike.”

—Paul ‘t Hart, Utrecht University and Netherlands School of Public Administration, The