Terrorism and critical infrastructures: implications for public-private crisis management

Boin, A. and Smith, D. (2006) Terrorism and critical infrastructures: implications for public-private crisis management. Public Money and Management, 26(5), pp. 295-304. (doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9302.2006.00543.x)

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The spate of terrorist attacks in New York, London and Madrid has raised some significant issues for the public management of critical infrastructures. In many countries, privatizations in the 1980s and 1990s have transferred key elements of the critical infrastructure to private companies. Because these infrastructures are of major significance to our societies and economies, they must be protected against prolonged periods of breakdown. The 'new' terrorism has the potential to do just that. The management of this new threat is a complex task, which invariably will be undertaken by both public and private actors. They must deal with the core challenges of the prevention of attacks, effective communication of information across organizational boundaries and the 'ownership' of crisis decision-making. This article considers these issues within the context of the broader research areas of public management and crisis management.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fischbacher-Smith, Professor Denis
Authors: Boin, A., and Smith, D.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Public Money and Management
ISSN (Online):1467-9302

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