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Local emergency management special issue: guest editors’ introduction

Reinhardt, Gina Yannitell and Drennan, Lex (2019) 'Local emergency management special issue: guest editors’ introduction.' Local Government Studies, 45 (3). pp. 293-301. ISSN 0300-3930

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We synthesise the themes and contributions of this special issue on local emergency management. Despite extensive international efforts focused on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management, these challenges are local. Local governments are the first line of response and management, dealing with the intersection of climate change, disaster response and fiscal austerity. We contribute to the local government and hazard management literature by engaging the ongoing debate to define resilience and adaptation, locating these concepts within local administrative practice. We demonstrate that international relations paradigms can help conceptualise local governance challenges. We draw out themes of social capital, information, and collaboration between government and non-government actors in building resilience. Ultimately, we provide insight into the emerging challenges and pioneering approaches undertaken to building resilience across multiple countries, along with evidence-based strategies and practical approaches to juggling the demands of service delivery, austerity and an evolving hazard-scape.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Resilience, disaster management, information, collaboration, social capital
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2019 15:04
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 10:29

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