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The Dynamics of RiskChanging Technologies and Collective Action in Seismic Events$
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Louise K. Comfort

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691165370

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691165370.001.0001

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The Logic of Resilience

The Logic of Resilience

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The Dynamics of Risk

Louise K. Comfort

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter presents a conceptual model for adaptation, learning, and resilience in addressing the global problem of seismic risk and outlines a series of next steps for continuing the cumulative inquiry essential to managing seismic risk. To withstand shocks, a system needs to integrate internal components that perform key functions in an altered disaster environment as it interacts simultaneously with external actors to solicit needed resources to achieve the overall system goal of maintaining continuity of operations. Throughout this analysis, the organizations that engage in disaster operations have been identified by two key characteristics: jurisdiction of legal authority and source of funding. Funding and jurisdictional authority are essential to build collaborative action in rapidly changing environments, but these attributes almost always require adaptation from daily, routine tasks that are specified to meet explicit standards of accountability and control. Coherence reveals the extent to which organizations with diverse characteristics of funding and jurisdictional authority are integrated within the operational system, enabling the system to adapt its performance to sudden disruptions of routine procedures and provide an effective response to the external shock of a major earthquake.

Keywords:   adaptation, resilience, seismic risk, disaster operations, funding, jurisdictional authority, collaborative action, coherence, operational system, earthquakes

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