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Perceptions of decision-making roles and priorities that affect rebuilding after disaster; the example of L'Aquila, Italy

Abbie B. Liel, Ross B. Corotis, Guido Camata, Jeannette Sutton, Rose Holtzman and Enrico Spacone
Perceptions of decision-making roles and priorities that affect rebuilding after disaster; the example of L'Aquila, Italy
Earthquake Spectra (August 2013) 29 (3): 843-868

Abstract

This study examines decision making for recovery and reconstruction in L'Aquila, Italy, over the one-year period following the 6 April 2009 earthquake. The paper focuses on local and national perceptions of government response to the earthquake, community involvement in reconstruction decision processes, the establishment of rebuilding priorities, and prospects for future seismic risk reduction. Data were collected through 23 semi-structured, face-to-face key informant interviews with local leaders (including community, building industry, and government representatives) and 4 interviews with national leaders. Findings show that although local leaders were satisfied with the Department of Civil Protection's emergency response, there was frustration with funding and priorities for permanent rebuilding. Public involvement in decision making varied by community, but in most cases was limited, leading local leaders to express distrust in government and national leadership and their decisions. The case study also illustrates the importance of authority and resource coordination between the national and local levels.


ISSN: 8755-2930
EISSN: 1944-8201
Serial Title: Earthquake Spectra
Serial Volume: 29
Serial Issue: 3
Title: Perceptions of decision-making roles and priorities that affect rebuilding after disaster; the example of L'Aquila, Italy
Affiliation: University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering, Boulder, CO, United States
Pages: 843-868
Published: 201308
Text Language: English
Publisher: Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Berkeley, CA, United States
References: 58
Accession Number: 2021-002062
Categories: SeismologyEngineering geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
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Secondary Affiliation: University "G. D'Annunzio" of Chieti-Pescara, ITA, ItalyUniversity of Colorado Colorado Springs, USA, United StatesMeyer, Borgman, and Johnson, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2020, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 2021
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