L'Aquila's reconstruction challenges: Has Italy learned from its previous earthquake disasters?

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    Abstract

    Italy is an earthquake-prone country and its disaster emergency response experiences over the past few decades have varied greatly, with some being much more successful than others. Overall, however, its reconstruction efforts have been criticised for being ad hoc, delayed, ineffective, and untargeted. In addition, while the emergency relief response to the L'Aquila earthquake of 6 April 2009-the primary case study in this evaluation-seems to have been successful, the reconstruction initiative got off to a very problematic start. To explore the root causes of this phenomenon, the paper argues that, owing to the way in which Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has politicised the process, the L'Aquila reconstruction endeavour is likely to suffer problems with local ownership, national/regional/municipal coordination, and corruption. It concludes with a set of recommendations aimed at addressing the pitfalls that may confront the L'Aquila reconstruction process over the next few years.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)119-143
    JournalDisasters
    Volume37
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Keywords

    • civil protection
    • earthquake
    • Italy
    • L'Aquila
    • politics
    • reconstruction
    • relief

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    L'Aquila's reconstruction challenges: Has Italy learned from its previous earthquake disasters? / Özerdem, Alpaslan; Rufini, G.

    In: Disasters, Vol. 37, No. 1, 2013, p. 119-143.

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