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The earthquake and ideas lying around.

Ruszczyk, Hanna A. (2018) 'The earthquake and ideas lying around.', in Evolving narratives of hazard and risk : the Gorkha earthquake, Nepal, 2015. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 125-139.


This chapter explores how the earthquake allowed other ideas to take root in Nepal and become reality. The earthquake reinvigorated central government–level interest in implementing the National Building Code. The earthquake also created the momentum for the national constitution to be promulgated after years of discussion. Based on my experience of the earthquake and the aftermath of the constitution, I propose that implementation of urban planning and earthquake-resistant construction as well as the political implications of the constitution and the ensuing economic blockade were as important as the earthquake for large parts of the country.

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Publisher statement:Ruszczyk, Hanna A. (2018). The Earthquake and Ideas Lying Around. In Evolving Narratives of Hazard and Risk, The Gorkha Earthquake, Nepal, 2015. Bracken, Louise, A. Ruszczyk, Hanna, & Robinson, Tom, 125-139, reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here:
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Date deposited:26 April 2018
Date of first online publication:22 February 2018
Date first made open access:22 February 2020

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