Dealing with Disaster: Public Management in Crisis Situations

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M.E. Sharpe, Aug 30, 2011 - Political Science
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Why does government sometimes do a superlative job handling natural disaster situations while at other times, as in the case of Hurricane Katrina, it performs extremely poorly?

Updated with examples through 2010, this classic study examines the disruptive effects of disasters on patterns of human behavior and the routine operations of government, and the conditions under which even relatively minor crises can lead to system breakdown. Integrating case studies of emergency management with studies of collective behavior, the author identifies factors that contribute to successful government handling of disaster situations and distills insights that can be used to improve these capacities at all levels--federal, state, and local.

The book includes numerous illustrations as well as expanded coverage of research on disaster management and greatly expanded reference lists.

 

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Contents

2 Natural Disasters as Public Policy Issues
9
3 The Governmental Response System
31
4 Human Behavior and Governmental Activity in Disasters
46
5 The Gap Between Bureaucratic Norms and Emergent Norms
60
Case Studies of Natural Disasters
81
7 Hurricane Hugo
88
8 The Loma Prieta Earthquake in California
108
9 Hurricane Andrew
117
11 Hurricane Georges
150
12 Hurricane Katrina
167
13 Normal Disasters 1990 Floods in South Carolina and 2010 Floods in Tennessee
196
Summary Implications and Conclusions
215
15 Considering Recommendations for Change
226
References
247
Index
293
About the Author
304

10 The Northridge Earthquake in Southern California
139

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