The politics of crisis management in China: The Sichuan earthquake

Shiu Hing Sonny LO

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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. Copyright © 2014 by Lexington Books.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLanham, Maryland
PublisherLexington Books
ISBN (Print)9780739139547, 9780739139523
Publication statusPublished - 2014


Lo, S. H. (2014). The politics of crisis management in China: The Sichuan earthquake. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.


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