The March 11, 2011 disasters in Japan revealed, in an unprecedented way, the importance of collaborations among local governments for disaster management and recovery. However, there appear to be wide variations in the local decisions to collaborate. Collaborations remain less than satisfactory, especially in the processing and disposal of disaster debris. This trying circumstance impedes timely recovery and reconstruction. It is essential to understand the socioeconomic and political factors affecting local behavior to address this challenge. Currently, studies on these factors are limited; further, existing normative theories on local governance can be counterproductive during a crisis as they discourage collaboration, although they are appropriate for everyday lives. The talk highlights unique challenges that local governments faced during this extraordinary incident in hopes of opening the field of public administration to new research and policy opportunities.
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Dr. Naomi Aoki, Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore
- Monday, 28 January 2013
- 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-5,
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,