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Learning from Catastrophes: Strategies for Reaction and Response by Michael Useem, Howard Kunreuther

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12. Turning Danger (image) to Opportunities (image): Reconstructing China’s National System for Emergency Management After 2003

Lan Xue, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University

Kaibin Zhong, China National School of Administration

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This chapter provides an overview of the efforts in building a new national system for emergency management (NSEM) in China after the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) crisis in 2003. The weaknesses in the old system hampered the response to SARS and amply demonstrated its vulnerabilities and ...

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