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International Order and the Politics of Disaster

1st Edition

By Scott D. Watson


320 pages

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Paperback: 9780367200374
pub: 2019-09-20
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In this indispensable and comprehensive text, Scott D. Watson critically examines the current understanding of international order that underpins international disaster management and disaster diplomacy.

Based on empirical analysis of the three international ‘disaster management regimes’ (disaster relief, disaster risk reduction, and disaster migration) and case studies of disaster diplomacy in the United States, Egypt and China, Watson argues that international disaster management and disaster diplomacy are not simply efforts to reduce the impact of disasters or to manage bilateral relations, but to reinforce key beliefs about the larger international order. Challenging the conventional understandings of disasters as natural, as an exogenous shock, or as an unintended and accidental outcome of the current order, this text shows how the ideological foundations of the current heterogenous international order produce recurrent disasters.

International Order and the Politics of Disaster is a vital source for undergraduate or graduate students interested in international responses to disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies, forced migration and displacement, as well as climate change and development.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Ideological Foundations of International Order

Part 2: International Disaster Management Regimes: Relief, Risk Reduction, and Migration

3. The International Disaster Relief Regime

4. Disaster Risk Reduction

5. Disaster Displacement and Migration

Part 3: Disaster Diplomacy and Relief in Practice

6. The United States and Hurricane Katrina

7. Egypt and the Cairo Earthquake

8. China and Change in International Order


About the Author

Scott Watson is Associate Professor of International Relations and Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Victoria, Canada. His previous book The Securitization of Migration: Digging Moats and Sinking Boats, was published by Routledge in 2009. He has also published in wide range of academic journals: Security Dialogue, International Political Sociology, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, International Migration, Nations and Nationalism, among others. He is also an associate editor of the Journal of International Relations and Development, and Migration, Mobility & Displacement.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief