Local safety policy: The approach of two Swedish cities to urgent safety problems
2013 (English)In: Public Policy and Administration, ISSN 0952-0767, Vol. 28, no 4, 383-403 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article explores local safety policy (LSP) developed to resolve urgent safety problemsin two Swedish municipalities. It shows that local safety actors conceive and constructsafety problems in ways that make them manageable, and that LSP evolves as aweb of interactions between safety actors in the public and private sectors. The actorsuse established safety solutions and routines while exploring new ways of managing theproblems. The municipalities’ problem-solving structures differ mainly in that differentactors and institutions are involved. The policy process and features of LSP correspondwell to how policy is portrayed in other cross-sectoral policy domains. Local safetypolicy development cannot easily be separated from policy implementation, nor cansafety policy be separated from safety work, for they evolve together. The implication ofthis study for governance is that policy workers at different levels and from differentorganisations create LSP. Although LSP is partly initiated and legitimised at the political–administrative level, it is not from this level that it evolves.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2013. Vol. 28, no 4, 383-403 p.
Bottom-up approach; governance; local safety policy; policy analysis; problem-solving structure; policy construction
Research subject Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-80300DOI: 10.1177/0952076713483162OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-80300DiVA: diva2:648451
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