IIAS Public Governance Series


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Dealing with Disaster: Public Capacities for Crisis and Contingency Management


Editors :
David C.G. Brown & Jacek Czaputowicz,

ISBN : 9798632600705

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Disasters disrupt communities across the World, whether resulting from natural forces, major transportation or industrial accidents, or public health emergencies. They can be compounded by wicked problems such as Climate change. When they occur, disasters can cause major loss of life and property and massive disruption of daily routines. They do not respect social, economic or political boundaries. They affect all societies, but their effects can be particularly devastating in developing countries.

Governments are invariably drawn into responding to major disasters, but how they respond can make a crucial difference to a disaster’s immediate effects and its longer-term impact. Each national system of governance and public administration is unique, as is the combination of natural and human-conditioned hazards that it faces. Every government, however, requires an effective ability to learn and apply lessons from past events. They must also be able to anticipate and respond to future events. The capacity of public sector governance and administrative institutions can make a crucial difference to what happens in any given situation and to community and government resilience in the longer run.

Dealing with Disaster offers insights into how to study and manage hazards in our societies at risk and in turn how to respond when hazards turn into disasters. Bringing together 29 authors from 12 countries around the World, the book provides both academic and practitioner perspectives in a comparative context. Its four sections address theoretical and cross-cutting issues, the international dimensions of disaster response, case studies of national crisis management agencies, and case studies of disaster events.

This book will be of interest both to readers working in the field of crisis and contingency management and to those researching and teaching about an increasingly important and complex area of governance and public administration. It is also of interest to all who wish to understand challenges that every government faces and how they are being addressed.

  • > David C.G. Brown is Adjunct Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. He was a senior Canadian public servant, President of the IIAS, and Rapporteur of IIAS Project Group on Safety and Security
  • > Jacek Czaputowicz is Professor at the University of Warsaw. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, and Chair of the IIAS Project Group on Safety and Security

Bringing together 29 experts from 12 countries around the world, this book provides both academic and practitioner perspectives on crisis and disaster management in a comparative context. This book is a must read for students, academic scholars, policy makers, and public managers interested in understanding crisis and disaster management
Pan Suk Kim, International Director (American Society for Public Administration), Public Administration Professor (Yonsei University), former Minister and IIAS President
> Dealing with Disaster , edited by David C G Brown and Jacek Czaputowicz, is a big book on a big function of public administration and government. It is ambitious in its breadth and detail. Amongst its many concerns are preparing for disasters, whole-of-government approaches, learning, local government, local communities, collaborating across national borders, and the work of international organizations. A particular strength of the book is the wealth of case study material, grounding the book in facts, and yielding insights and lessons.
Paul Joyce, Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham; Publications Director and International Institute of Administrative Sciences.

Good Public Governance in a Global Pandemic (IIAS Public Governance Series)


Editors :
Paul Joyce,
Fabienne Maron and
Purshottama Sivanarain Reddy

ISBN-10 : 2931003026

ISBN-13 : 978-2931003022

Language : English

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This book provides the readers with a set of vivid studies of the variety of national approaches that were taken to responding to COVID-19 in the first few months of the pandemic.

At its core is a series of reports addressing the national responses to COVID-19 in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. Country reports present the actions, events and circumstances of governmental response and make an early attempt at producing insights and at distilling lessons. Eyewitness reports from civil servants and public managers contain practical points of view on the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

In different chapters, editors and contributors provide an analytical framework for the description and explanation of government measures and their consequences in a rich variety and diversity of national settings. They also situate the governmental responses to the pandemic in the context of the global governance agenda, stress the important relationship between governmental authorities and citizens, and emphasize the role of ideological factors in the government response to COVID-19. A bold attempt is made in the concluding chapter to model government strategies for managing the emergency of the pandemic and the consequences for trajectories of infection and mortality.

As the editors argue, the principles of “good governance” are of relevance to countries everywhere. There was evidence of them in action on the COVID-19 pandemic all over the world, in a wide range of institutional settings. COVID-19 experiences have a lot to teach us about the governance capabilities that will be needed when future emergency situations occur, emergencies that might be created by pandemics or climate change, or various other global risks. Governments will need to be agile, able to learn in real time, good at evaluating evidence in fast changing and complex situations, and good at facilitating coordination across the whole-of-government and in partnership with citizens and the private sector.

Paul Joyce is an Associate at the Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham, Visiting Professor at Leeds University, and Director of Publications at IIAS

Fabienne Maron is Guest Lecturer at Université de Reims Champagne Ardenne (URCA) and Scientific Director at IIAS.

Purshottama Sivanarain Reddy is Senior Professor at University of KwaZulu-Natal, Vice-President for Programmes of IASIA and Chairperson of the Scientific Committee (PRAC) of IIAS.

The International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) is a learned society in public administration established in 1930 and headquartered in Brussels. The Public Governance Series aims at diffusing the scientific knowledge it produces.