Crisis oriented operations

Other Names:
Crisis management approach to long-term development policy-making
Obstruction of change by crisis and emergency responses
Immediacy orientation of elected bodies
Short-sighted planning
Short-range development strategy
Short-term problem solving
Fire-fighting policy mentality

By definition, a crisis is a short-term problem. It evokes improvised remedies and palliatives. But real solutions call for long-term policies; prevention rather than cure, or cures which facilitate prevention. Ad-hoc policies have then to be seen as underpinnings of an integrated long-term solution strategy. If each crisis becomes an isolated problem to be somehow resolved, then this encourages a fragmented approach. The real danger is that priorities become dominated by problems of the immediate, and the fundamental task of change in the social framework is neglected, perhaps even suspended. When pressures build up for real changes in institutions and values, people are asked to hold their peace so that the immediate crisis can be dealt with. Such appeals for patience and order in the name of smooth functioning can often be clever rationalization of the status quo. Thus a crisis psychology provides succour and respite to forces that resist change.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST