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Volume 8 Issue 4 (December 2000), Pages 185-245

Preparing for Creeping Crises: The Case of the Samara Region (pages 218-222)

In this article, conditions of creeping crises and priorities of environmental policy in the Samara region (Russia) are discussed from a crisis management perspective. Inefficiency of the existing policy is precipitated to a substantial extent by the underlying normative approach, which is more focused on environmental quality than on human health issues. It is therefore argued that this approach should be replaced by an integrated policy strategy including risk management. This strategy implies human health rather than environmental quality standards as key criteria for setting crisis policy priorities. The implications for crisis preparation and training are discussed within a framework of systemic crisis management.

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