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Organised crisis volunteers, COVID-19, and the political steering of crisis management in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4669-0719
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9090-9266
2024 (English)In: Disasters. The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management, ISSN 0361-3666, E-ISSN 1467-7717, Vol. 48, no 2, article id e12604Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores and analyses the activities of Swedish organised crisis volunteers during Covid-19. Based on a questionnaire and interviews, we set out to answer research questions on what characterised organised volunteerism during the pandemic, how organised volunteers experienced cooperation with local public actors and how they view political steering. We contribute to a growing literature on the role of volunteers and link that role to views on political steering, something that is rarely done in disaster research. Sweden is useful to explore because of how Covid-19 was managed; because there are organised crisis volunteers and a debate on how the Swedish system is steered. We show how organised volunteers adapted to changing needs and adopted new roles, that experiences of cooperation with local authorities varied and that calls were made for a stronger national leadership and for more explicit central political steering.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2024. Vol. 48, no 2, article id e12604
Keywords [en]
COVID-19, organised crisis volunteers, political steering, Sweden
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Political Science Sociology Social Work
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political science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-214898DOI: 10.1111/disa.12604ISI: 001098471200001PubMedID: 37450584Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85172938585OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-214898DiVA, id: diva2:1801900
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Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, 2018-90034Available from: 2023-10-03 Created: 2023-10-03 Last updated: 2024-05-07Bibliographically approved

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