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Sharing responsibility in disaster management policy


Atkinson, C and Curnin, S, Sharing responsibility in disaster management policy, Progress in disaster science, 7 Article 100122. ISSN 2590-0617 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.pdisas.2020.100122


The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction delivers internationally agreed upon norms for disaster risk reduction, engendered in part through shared-responsibility, and subsequently adopted by Australia. However, it has been contended that shared-responsibility in Australia is a partially articulated social contract. Through targeted engagement with the works of Foucault, a combination of document analysis on selected disaster risk reduction policies and employing a taxonomy of obligations of shared-responsibility, we investigate if shared-responsibility signifies the failure of dominant disaster management discourses to articulate concrete responsibilities. We identify that an incomplete normalisation process is in part responsible for partial articulation.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:shared-responsibility, biopower, normalisation, disaster policy
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Atkinson, C (Mr Cameron Atkinson)
UTAS Author:Curnin, S (Associate Professor Steven Curnin)
ID Code:140586
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-08-28
Last Modified:2021-03-04
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