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Public Management and Disaster Risk Reduction: potential interdisciplinary contributions

Gerrit van der Waldt
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 2, No 1 | a13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v2i1.13 | © 2009 Gerrit van der Waldt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 April 2009 | Published: 25 April 2009

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Gerrit van der Waldt, School for Social and Government Studies North-West University Potchefstroom, South Africa

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Abstract

This article investigates the interdisciplinary nature of Disaster Risk Reduction as an emerging field of study. The development of this field of study is interpreted within the context of the evolution of Public Management as an academic discipline. The author argues that the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of both Public Management and Disaster Risk Reduction share commonalities. Thus, the foundational and functional aspects of Public Management did, and should continue to, inform and enrich the study of Disaster Risk Reduction.

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