Intentions and knowledge shaping local safety policy: A comparison of two Swedish cities
2015 (English)In: Journal of Safety Research, ISSN 0022-4375, E-ISSN 1879-1247, Vol. 55, 31-39 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Introduction: This article explores how intentions and knowledge shape two Swedish cities' local safety policy (LSP). Method: The applied framework is derived from the integration of governance and implementation research and the theory of knowledge and its use. Results: The study shows that LSPs are shaped by amix of intentions and different kinds of knowledge, and intentions and knowledge interplay and intertwine in many ways. Key-persons construct LSPs when they work out solutions to urgent safety problems and take departure in the local context, its pre-conditions, and their experience-based and professional knowledge. The state governs LSP softly through management by objectives in the background, butmore often key-actor intentions and commitments, local safety problems, and events initiated and influenced LSPs. Conclusions: The article contributes to a better understanding of conditions for LSPs in multi-level governance. Practical applications: The article can be used to improve governance, identify implementation problems and knowledge needs that will improve LSPs and the overall safety situation in the community. The study has implications for how LSPs should be evaluated; many different evaluation criteria can be appropriate, such as relevance, legitimacy, achievement of key actors' objectives, sustainability of policy solutions, and creation of a local safety culture.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 55, 31-39 p.
Multi-level governance, Intentions, Knowledge use, Local safety policy
Research subject statskunskap; Public health; educational work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-107753DOI: 10.1016/j.jsr.2015.07.005ISI: 000367699600005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-107753DiVA: diva2:849738
FunderSwedish Civil Contingencies Agency, 2009-2686