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Making Sense of Sense-Making: the EU’s Role in Collecting, Analysing, and Disseminating Information in Times of Crisis
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History. (International relations)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1903-4257
2014 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In an era of transboundary crises, Europe faces the daunting challenge of coordinating

joint responses in an effective and timely way. Recent transboundary crises

such as the Icelandic Ash Cloud (2010), food contamination incidents and

the financial breakdown revealed a key part of that challenge: sifting through

relevant information, building an accurate picture of what is happening, and

communicating that analysis to political decision-makers. Academic researchers

refer to this process in terms of ‘sense-making’. To create joint capacity for

sense-making is one of the prominent elements of the EU’s ambitions to play a

role in the management of transboundary crises. The number of early-warning,

rapid-alert, and common communication platforms in the EU has multiplied

in recent years but with little central guidance or overall rationale. This report

tries to ‘make sense of sense-making’ tools in the EU by providing the most

comprehensive overview to date. We ask what sense-making tools are available

at the EU level, document what they are intended to do, and explore what

these tools offer in terms of ‘added-value’ to European states. Using official

documents, secondary literature and interviews with policy officials, this report

maps the sense-making landscape of the EU. After drawing out key patterns

and offering an inventory of tools relevant to sense-making, we conclude by

discussing the problems and prospects of the EU’s role.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan (FHS), 2014, Acta B Series No. 44. , 79 p.
, Försvarshögskolans acta. B, ISSN 1402-7593 ; 44
Keyword [en]
European Union; European Commission; Crisis Management
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111138ISBN: 978-91-86137-31-1OAI: diva2:774415
Available from: 2014-12-22 Created: 2014-12-22 Last updated: 2015-02-04Bibliographically approved

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