Local Government and Disaster

Authored by: Geoff O’Brien , Geoff Bhatt , Wendy Saunders , JC Gaillard , Ben Wisner

The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415590655
eBook ISBN: 9780203844236
Adobe ISBN: 9781136918698


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Local government can play an important role in disaster risk reduction (DRR). However, to understand this potential and why it is often not achieved, one must first be clear about the forms and characteristics of local government. A common definition of local government is state administration at a level that is closest to the population within its area of jurisdiction. This very simple description masks the diversity and complexity of local government across the globe. Ask anyone about their local government and they are very likely to describe political and administrative functions that both represent and manage their local area, and which is the first point of contact with government. Everyone will have some idea of their local government and its area of operation or spatial scale, and what it can do or its powers.

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