Decentralization and Recentralization of Disaster Management in Turkey

  • Helena HermanssonEmail author
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The process of spreading out authority from a smaller to a larger number of actors and from a central authority to a less central authority.


The process of undoing or taking steps from decentralization towards centralization.

Disaster governance

The specific arrangements that societies put in place to manage their disasters and disaster risks within the broader context of governance.


There is a belief that decentralized disaster management systems are better equipped to effectively prepare for and respond to disasters compared to more centralized systems. The superiority of decentralized disaster management systems may seem commonsensical since local actors are first on site when a disaster has struck. The activities of local (as opposed to central) governments and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Security, Strategy, and LeadershipSwedish Defence UniversityStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster ScienceUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden