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Coronapandemin-en smygande kris vintern 2020
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Political Science Section, Sektionen för krishantering och internationell samverkan. (Programmet för europeisk säkerhetsforskning (EUROSEC))
Stockholms universitet, (SWE).
Utrikespolitiska institutet, (SWE).
2021 (Swedish)In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 123, no 5, p. 33-66Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Why did the Swedish Government fail to act earlier against the Covid-19-virus in the light of the many foreshadowing outbreaks in China and in Italy and other EU Member States? With the help of the concept creeping crisis (smygande kris), this article analyses the tardiness with which the Swedish authorities acted to prevent the spread of the virus in the early stages of the pandemic (January – February 2020). The term refers to the phenomenon of belated measures despite extensive knowledge of slow-acting threats with sudden outbursts such as pandemics and global warming. The article explains the procrastination of Swedish actions as a result of psychological repression (“it couldn’t happen here in our country”), as well as cognitive delays that meant that understanding the threat evolution in the abstract did not spur action in proportion to the insight (“we saw it coming, but didn’t act until we felt it in our everyday life”). It ends by discussing possible ways to create more practically and temporally informed knowledge (“know-how”, “know-when”) of creeping crises for the generation of timely action able to stop these before they explode into acute crises.

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2021. Vol. 123, no 5, p. 33-66
Keywords [en]
Corona pandemic, creeping crisis, tardiness
Keywords [sv]
Coronapandemin, smygande kris, senfärdighet
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Political Science
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Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot krishantering och internationell samverkan
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-10426OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-10426DiVA, id: diva2:1609355
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Swedish Civil Contingencies AgencyAvailable from: 2021-11-08 Created: 2021-11-08 Last updated: 2021-12-15Bibliographically approved

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