Crisis Management


  • Peter Riddell

    1. Director of the Institute for Government; a former political commentator for the Financial Times and The Times; a member of the privy counsellor inquiry into detainees 2010–11; and author of seven books on British politics. He is an honorary fellow of the Political Studies Association and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
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How a government handles emergencies – from terrorist attacks and natural disasters to strikes, riots and epidemics – is a key test of its competence. Peter Riddell looks at the challenges that out-of-the-ordinary events have posed to successive UK administrations and how the machinery for handling crises has changed.