Global Decentralization for Risk Mitigation and Security


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  1. Mike SaundersMarch 15th, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Very useful research note - and becoming more pertinent by the day given the global circumstances.

    Would it be fair to say that the "global centralization of essential functional roles" is also mirrored in some instances in national centralization of certain governance roles? I ask this in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak, where we see some sub-national governments seemingly unable to de-couple their response from the national one when necessary (e.g., when local preventive action could be much quicker, but the authority for those actions rests with a higher level of government).

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The outbreak of a novel Coronavirus we are facing is poised to become a global pandemic if current approaches to stemming its spread prove to be insufficient. While we can't yet say what the ultimate impact of this event will be, this crisis and governments' responses to it reveal vulnerabilities and fragilities in the structure of our global socioeconomic milieux that will continue to produce cascading crises regardless of whether or not we are successful in preventing devastation from this particular pathogen. Here we discuss the implications and some strategic considerations.


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Joseph Norman (2020). Global Decentralization for Risk Mitigation and Security. Researchers.One,

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