Resilience thinking: lessons for public administration
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2016 (English)In: Public Administration, ISSN 0033-3298, E-ISSN 1467-9299, Vol. 94, no 2, 364-380 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The notion of resilience is rapidly gaining influence in public administration practice and research, but a more comprehensive resilience research agenda in public administration is yet to emerge. This article aims to clarify how experiences and potential contributions from social-ecological resilience research can inform resilience studies in public administration. By contrasting key components of the resilience paradigm and its policy prescriptions with established findings from public administration research, a set of key shortcomings of social-ecological resilience thinking are identified: (1) deterministic systems models; (2) simplified accounts of politics and policy; and (3) a lack of systematic and generalizable empirical studies. To avoid these shortcomings, it is suggested that public administration resilience studies should explore multiple and competing models for how resilience can be generated; analyse trade-offs between resilience and other values of public administration; avoid systems theoretical resilience models; and apply the notion of resilience in areas beyond crisis management.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 94, no 2, 364-380 p.
Public Administration Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-133247DOI: 10.1111/padm.12182ISI: 000378648600006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-133247DiVA: diva2:958329