Decentralisation, intergovernmental coordination, and response to extreme events in Southeast Asia

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Despite common lessons learned during the SARS pandemic in 2003, country responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Southeast Asia have been very diverse, with many lacking coordination among government bodies. I consider how government structure and political decentralisation shape emergency response to extreme events, focusing on two of Southeast Asia’s largest decentralised countries, Indonesia and the Philippines. I explore variation in provincial-level responses and outcomes, showing that intergovernmental coordination can augment the beneficial aspects of decentralisation in world regions where human and economic costs associated with extreme events are high.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalRegional Studies
Early online date2 Apr 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Apr 2024

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  • decentralisation
  • intergovernmental coordination
  • extreme events
  • emergency management

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