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Constructing and justifying risk and accountability after extreme events: public administration and stakeholders’ responses to a wildfire disaster
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6823-3503
Örebro universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6735-0011
2020 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, ISSN 1523-908X, E-ISSN 1522-7200Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The impacts of extreme weather events, causing severe storms and wildfires, cascade across administrative borders within a country, challenging the steering capacity of governance networks at different political scales. This paper examines how accountability and risk were constructed and negotiated in the aftermath of Sweden’s largest wildfire. It draws on results from an interview study with executives of organizations and landowners involved, and an analysis of government reports about the wildfire’s cause and consequences. Although the fire was human-caused, public administrative bodies paid considerable attention to the local emergency services and their poor handling of the wildfire, caused by lack of knowledge of forest fire behavior. The study confirms many of the challenges associated with governance networks. It finds that issues about who to hold accountable, in what forum and for what issue are not fully addressed, being overwhelmed by demands for better knowledge of forest fire prevention and improved coordination and collaboration. To conclude, the paper calls for a better-informed public administration, forest sector and interrelated networks that take responsibility for their actions or lack thereof.

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Routledge, 2020.
Keywords [en]
Accountability, climate change, disaster, risk, wildfires
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Environmental Sciences Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Environmental Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40260DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2020.1740656ISI: 000520568400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85081728865OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-40260DiVA, id: diva2:1395711
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 211-2014-1875Available from: 2020-02-24 Created: 2020-02-24 Last updated: 2020-04-02Bibliographically approved

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