Fredrik Bynander

Fredrik Bynander is the incoming Director of the Center for Societal Security. He is also Chairman of the board of the Center ofNatural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS) which has been designated a Swedish government strategic research environment.

In 2009-2011 Fredrik was a Special adviser at the Prime Minister's Office Secretariat for Crisis Coordination. In 2011-2012 he was its head of strategic planning. In 2003 he defended his dissertation The Rise and Fall of the Submarine Threat: Threat Politics and Submarine Intrusions in Sweden 1980-2002 at the Department of Government, Uppsala University. His current research interests include crisis management studies, collaborative crisis management, leadership succession and foreign policy analysis.

Fredrik is a member of the Royal Academy of War Sciences, and the Swedish Society for International Affairs.

Contact information

  • E-mail

    Fredrik.Bynander [at]
  • Phone

    +46 8-55342714

Postal address

Box 27805
115 93 Stockholm

Visiting address

Drottning Kristinas väg 37


The Rise and Fall of the Submarine Threat: Threat Politics and Submarine Intrusions in Sweden, 1980-2002. 2003, (Doct. Diss.) Uppsala: Acta Upsaliensis.

Governing by Looking Back: Historical Analogies and Contemporary Crisis Management, 2004, with Annika Brändström and Paul 't Hart in Public Administration 82(1): 191-210.

Poland and the Czech Republic – New Members Torn between the EU and NATO, 2006, in Hallenberg, J & Karlsson, H. Changing Transatlantic Security Relations: Does the U.S., the EU and Russia form a New Strategic Triangle? London: Routledge.

Leader Succession as a Political Problem: A Conceptual Framework, 2006, with Paul 't Hart. In Political Psychology 27(5):707-729.

The Politics of Party Leader Survival and Succession: Australia in Comparative Perspective, 2007, with Paul 't Hart. In Australian Journal of Political Science 42(1): 47-72.

The Politics of Crisis Management in Transitional Poland. (Ed.) with Piotr Chmielewski and Greg Simons. Stockholm: CRiSMART/FHS (2008).

The Art of Handing Over: (Mis)managing Party Leadership Successions, 2008, with Paul 't Hart, in Government & Opposition 43(3): 385-404.

Value Conflicts in Foreign Policy Crises: How the U.S. and the U.K. wrestled with the Ethical Dilemma of Going to War in Iraq. 2011, in Svedin, L. (Ed.) Ethics and Crisis Management. Charlotte, N.C: Information Age Publishing.

Rethinking Foreign Policy. 2012, (Ed) with Stefano Guzzini. London: Routledge.

Explaining Success and Failure in Crisis Coordination, 2015, with Arjen Boin, in Geografiska Annaler in review for vol. 97(1).

Disaster Risk Reduction, 2015, (Ed) with Ernst von Groningen and Sven Halldin, Special Issue of Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography 97(1).

Crisis management at the government offices: A Swedish case study, 2015, with Gerry Larsson, Alicia Ohlsson , Erik Schyberg , Martin Holmberg. Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal 24(5).

Leadership Succession in Politics and Business: Converging worlds, 2016, with Paul 't Hart, in J.Storey, J. Hartley, D. Ullrich and P. 't Hart (eds), Routledge Companion to Leadership, London: Routledge.

Swedish Coalition Governments and the Quest for Re-election, 2016, with Pär Daléus, in Bennister, M., 't Hart, P. & Worthy, B. (Eds.) The Politics of Leadership Capital. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

The System for Crisis Management in Sweden: Collaborative, Conformist, Controvertible, 2016, with Per Becker in Madu, C. N. & Kuei, C. (Eds.) Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. World Scientific Press & Imperial College Press, London.

Rådgivarrollen: när statsvetaren bidrar till policyskapande, (The Role of the Adviser: The Political Scientists' Contribution to Policmaking) 2016, med Sundelius, B. & Winnerstig, M. i Bremberg, N., Hagström, L. &Holmberg, A. (red.) Att forska: praktiker och roller. Stockholm: Carlsson.

Bara skog som brinner? Utvärdering av krishanteringen under skogsbranden i Västmanland 2014, 2015, med Asp, Viktoria, Pär Daléus, Jenny Deschamps-Berger, Daniel Sandberg och Erik Schyberg Stockholm: Crismart.

Krisledning som säkerhetspolitik och myndighetsutövning, (Crisis Command as Security Policymaking and as Public Management) 2016, in Ahlgren, P., Engelbrekt, K., and Wedin, L Uppdragstaktik på svenska. Stockholm: Royal Academy of War Sciences.

Utrikes- och säkerhetspolitiken, 2016, in Silander, D. Et al. (Eds.) 2nd ed. Svensk politik och den Europeiska unionen. Stockholm: Liber.

Crisis Decision Making and Management, 2017 (Forthcoming) in Moghaddam, F. M. (Ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.

Performance, Resilience and Reputation: Public Agencies in Risk-Prone Environments, 2017 (Forthcoming) with Paul 't Hart, in Bynander, F., Mörth, U. and Parker, C. Bridgebuilding. Tockholm: SDU/Crimart.