RRPP Research Project: State Capacities and Crisis Management – Dealing with Floods in the Balkans, cases of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia
This research project brings together a number of young scholars (8 lead researchers and 8 research assistants) working on the topic of governance in the Western Balkans and willing to take on the analysis of the crisis handling and processing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia.
The case studies are the countries affected by the floods in May 2014, as any thorough investigations into the intricacies of crisis management and state capacities in the face of unexpected floods in the region have not been conducted so far.
Therefore, the project looks at different dimensions of the politics of crisis management: Crisis framing, accountability, efficiency, political blaming; other transversal themes include the role of media, civil society, informal networks and behavior of political parties in the crisis management process.
The project and the final papers are guided by such underlying research questions as:
- What does the crisis management reveal about the state capacities and, subsequently, about the nature of a respective political system?
- Can civil society compensate for a weak state?
- Has the crisis been salutary in any way as regards the governance and increased transparency of a decision making process?
Specific topics handled within this project include:
- Institutional frameworks of crisis management;
- The role of formal and informal coordination mechanisms;
- Leadership challenges;
- Media framing; reporting during crisis situations;
- Governance discourse of social actors;
- Opportunity for climate policy reform?
- International aid and crisis management.
Governing the Floods: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Upravljanje poplavama: Bosna i Hercegovina
Opportunity (Lost) for Climate Policy Reform? Case of Floods in the Western Balkans
(Propuštena) prilika za reformu klimatske politike? Slučaj poplava na Zapadnom Balkanu