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Draws attention back to the importance of moral underpinnings of regime
Uses the politics of disaster relief to shed light on how authoritarian regimes adapt
Attends to the micro-transitions that manifest in large-scale changes in authoritarian regimes
Explores bureaucratic pressures and responses in an authoritarian regime, which provides insights into these issues in democracies as well
This book shows how Chinese officials have responded to popular and international pressure, while at the same time seeking to preserve their own careers, in the context of disaster management. Using the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake as a case study, it illustrates how authoritarian regimes are creating new governance mechanisms in response to the changing global environment and what challenges they are confronted with in the process. The book examines both the immediate and long-term effects of a major disaster on China’s policy, institutions, and governing practices, and seeks to explain which factors lead to hasty and poorly conceived reconstruction efforts, which in turn reproduce the very same conditions of vulnerability or expose communities to new risks. In short, it tells a “political” story of how intra-governmental interactions, state-society relations, and international engagement can shape the processes and outcomes of recovery and reconstruction.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »2008 Wenchuan Earthquake - adaptation of authoritarian regime - agency problem - authoritarian politics - disaster management in China - globalization and bureaucracy - nondemocracies study - political reputation - politics of disaster relief - regime legitimacy