The politics of disaster management in China : institutions, interest groups, and social participation / Gang Chen
- Chen, Gang, 1976-
- New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (xi, 137 pages :) : illustrations
- Palgrave Pivot
- Introduction -- Natural disaster management in ancient China -- From ROC to PRC: modernization of China's disaster management -- The reform era: institutional changes and evolution of norms -- Bureaucratic politics at the central level -- Central versus local -- Military forces in China's disaster management -- New challenges from popular politics: NGOs, commercial organizations, social media, and civic society -- "Reform 2.0": progress and limits -- China's natural disaster management: implications for non-democratic government -- Index.
- In China's 4,000-year-long history and modern development, natural disaster management has been about not only human combat against devastating natural forces, but also institutional building, political struggle, and economic interest redistribution among different institutional players. A significant payoff for social scientists studying disasters is that they can reveal much of the hidden nature of political and economic processes and structures, particularly those in non-democracies, which are normally covered up with great care. This book reviews the problems and progress in the politics of China's disaster management. It analyses the factors in China's governance and political process that restrains its capacity to manage disasters. The book helps the audience better understand the dynamic relationship among various interest groups and civic forces in modern China's disaster politics, with special emphasis on the process of pluralization, decentralization and fragmentation.
- 1137548312 (eBook) and 9781137548313 (eBook)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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