Chapter 10 Reaction speed in global crisis management
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This chapter examines the ability in democratism to explain the reaction speed of inter-governmental organisations as they face economic or humanitarian crises. The fewer the number of days that it takes for an organisation to react to a crisis, the faster it reacts. The chapter describes the reaction speed of twelve inter-governmental organisations, including the UN, the UNHDP, the World Bank, and the IMF, across five different crises, including the Food Price Crisis of 2007-2008, the Financial Crisis that became global in 2008, and the H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic of 2009. Statistical and comparative case analyses demonstrate that democracy beyond the state indeed influences reaction speed as predicted in democratism. Democracy in the higher region of the variable is expected and confirmed to decrease reaction speed. Democracy in the lower region of the variable is expected and confirmed to increase reaction speed.

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