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The Politics of Crisis Management in China: The Sichuan Earthquake

The Politics of Crisis Management in China: The Sichuan Earthquake (Hardback)

By Lo, Sonny Shiu-Hing

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This book studies the Chinese government and military's rapid mobilization and coordination work in the aftermath of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. It is a comparative and historical analysis for scholars and policy makers interested in the study of earthquake management from a mu... read full description below.

ISBN 9780739139523
Barcode 9780739139523
Published 15 November 2014 by Lexington Books
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780739139523
ISBN-10 0739139525
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Lexington Books
Imprint Lexington Books
Publication Date 15 November 2014
International Publication Date 14 November 2014
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Lo, Sonny Shiu-Hing
Category Asian / Middle Eastern History
Comparative Politics
Central Government Policies
Non-Governmental Organizations (Ngos)
Number of Pages 162
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress China - Politics and government - 2002-, Emergency management - China, Crisis management - China, Wenchuan Earthquake, China, 2008, Earthquake relief - China - Sichuan Sheng
NBS Text Politics: General & Reference
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 320.951
Catalogue Code 987485

Description of this Book

This book analyzes the ways in which the Chinese government and military responded to the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan province. It adopts a comparative and historical perspective in studying the responses of the Chinese government in the first critical 72 hours, the mobilization of the People's Liberation Army and its difficulties, the assertive and important role of the non-governmental groups which established a partnership with the state in the rescue operations, and the process and politics of reconstruction. The book is rich in materials, including comparative case studies of the Tangshan earthquake in 1976, the outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in 2003, the earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and Myanmar, and the contrasts with the Japanese earthquake tsunami in 2011. Researchers, government officials, policy analysts, seismic specialists, journalists and students will find this book extremely useful, conceptually insightful and practically policy-relevant.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This book offers a systematic and well-textured case study with keen analytical insights in a comparative framework of the key dimensions of China's regime responses and crisis management efforts in the aftermath of the devastating 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Its focus on the rescue-relief-rehabilitation processes should render this book a much welcomed contribution to the Chinese governance, comparative politics, and Asian public administration fields as well as being a highly relevant and directly useful reference work on natural disasters relief and humanitarian aid for international bodies, national regimes and NGOs around the globe. Readers in the academic world and in the public sector will enjoy the rich details and refreshing findings of this illuminating volume that highlights the realpolitik implications with domestic consequences and external impacts of a rising China as a global soft power player with a huge crisis management capacity. The book's detailed coverage of the PLA's leading role in post-quake rescue-relief operations have yielded valuable appreciation of the Chinese military's other vital domestic functions. This has direct bearings on the elevation of natural disaster crisis management capacity into becoming a high priority concern on the China's national security and societal harmony agenda as well as 21st century developmental strategies. -- Ming K. Chan, Stanford University

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Author's Bio

Sonny Shiu-Hing Lo is professor and head of the Department of Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

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