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Organization of State Bodies Responsible for Internal Security in Norway

NCJ Number
Internal Security Volume: 3 Issue: 1 Dated: January - June 2011 Pages: 97-106
Arkadiusz Sekscinski
Date Published
10 pages
The aim of the paper is to present internal security system in Norway based on hybrid agency and network model.
As a point of departure the author describes general context of Norwegian political system - a unitary constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government and well-developed local self-government. Broad understanding of "internal security" notion implies a wide mutual support between the military and the civilians. Operating on vertical and horizontal levels of cooperation Norwegian homeland security is based on three main approaches to coordination: hierarchical, network, and agency, the latter two of which constitute the hybrid. Then theoretical aspects of coordination dilemmas are scrutinized with description of features characteristic for internal security in Norway. The main part of the article presents state bodies responsible for homeland security in Norway. The idea of "Vulnerability Commission" to create a separate Ministry of Homeland Security did not gain enough support and left two main bodies - Ministry of Justice and Police, and Ministry of Defense - in charge assisted by several agencies. These factors and agencies are described in accordance with coordination and specialization models presented before. Essential as it is, the paper touches implicit questions, such as: what factors influence the mixed model of internal security in Norway and how strongly is it entrenched. (Published Abstract)


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