Voluntary defense networks in emergency preparedness in developed countries: the case of Sweden

Elvira Ruiz Kaneberg*, Susanne Hertz, Jensen Leif-Magnus

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Voluntary networks are actors in civil society and central to the emergency preparedness efficiency of developed countries’. This study focuses on the voluntary defense networks in Sweden, a unique set of networks that contribute to the efficiency of emergency preparedness. Through interviews with experts in Swedish civil and military fields and their associated voluntary defense networks, as well as secondary data, we examined the coordination of these voluntary defense networks in practice. Although voluntary network coordination is highly associated with efficiency, in practice, most voluntary networks are not well coordinated. This study confirms that civil and military practitioners in developed countries, struggling with the coordination of voluntary networks are not isolated in their struggle; inattentive practices are indeed the norm. This article also establishes a
course that civil and military practitioners can follow to improve emergency response efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalRevista Científica General José María Córdova
Issue number26
Pages (from-to)229-250
Publication statusPublished - 01.04.2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • civil society actors
  • civil-military coordination
  • communication
  • emergency preparedness
  • management efficiency
  • voluntary defense networks

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoHP: Humanitarian and societal logistics


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