SpringerBriefs in Political Science

Disaster Management in China in a Changing Era

Authors: Kang, Yi

  • 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
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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.

About the authors

The author did her BA in Philosophy at Fudan University, MPhil in Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University, and PhD in Political Science at Yale University. She joined the staff of Hong Kong Baptist University in 2011. Her research area is Comparative Politics, Chinese Politics, and Disaster Management.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: Nondemocracies in a Changing Era

    Kang, Yi

    Pages 1-20

  • Evolvement of Disaster Management Practices in China: A Trend Toward Greater Openness

    Kang, Yi

    Pages 21-48

  • Agency Problems in Disaster Response: The “Adaptation Quandary” for Nondemocratic Government

    Kang, Yi

    Pages 49-69

  • Postdisaster Changes in Local Governance and Chances for Nonstate Sector Development

    Kang, Yi

    Pages 71-89

  • A Note on Generalizability, Variation, and Implications

    Kang, Yi

    Pages 91-106

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-662-44516-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-662-44515-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Disaster Management in China in a Changing Era
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Political Science
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-44516-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-44516-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-44515-0
Series ISSN
2191-5466
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 126
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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