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Black WaveHow Networks and Governance Shaped Japan's 3/11 Disasters$
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Daniel P. Aldrich

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226638263

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226638577.001.0001

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International Level: How Institutions Save Lives

International Level: How Institutions Save Lives

(p.158) Six International Level: How Institutions Save Lives
Black Wave

Daniel P. Aldrich

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 6 leaves behind a domestic focus to place the experiences of Japanese residents in a global context through data gathered from crises in China, Haiti, and India, among other nations. This chapter shows the power of governance at the international level. Despite the challenges to governance laid out in chapter 5, Japan’s track record of representative democracy, transparency, and spending on social safety nets helped mitigate the impact of the 3/11 disaster. Other nations without such policies have fared far worse during similar disasters. I use a dataset on disaster deaths from around the world, along with case studies of disasters in developing nations, to illustrate the safety nets and protection systems in place that helped Tōhoku residents facing the triple disasters. Residents of countries with more democratic and responsive systems have better outcomes than those in more repressive and closed ones.

Keywords:   International level, Governance, China, Haiti, India, Disaster deaths

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