Chaos Organization and Disaster Management

Chaos Organization and Disaster Management

by Alan Kirschenbaum
     
 

Chaos Organization and Disaster Management offers a scholarly survey of disaster response behavior and management in the face of natural and manmade catastrophe. The author provides a methodological and empirical platform from which to initiate a critical analysis of disaster management. Sparked by a unique field study of the Israeli experience during the Gulf War,

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Chaos Organization and Disaster Management offers a scholarly survey of disaster response behavior and management in the face of natural and manmade catastrophe. The author provides a methodological and empirical platform from which to initiate a critical analysis of disaster management. Sparked by a unique field study of the Israeli experience during the Gulf War, this book demonstrates the massive divide between individual responses to disaster and the actual functioning of disaster management organizations. It exposes the fundamental flaws of disaster management agencies, analyzing disasters from the perspectives of both agencies and potential victims.

Formulating an alternative approach to disaster management that draws upon the advantages of privatization, this volume appraises methods of measuring disaster agency effectiveness, emphasizing the citizen vantage point and stakeholder evaluations. It outlines the intrinsic bureaucratic constraints that impede the efficacy of government agencies, and reveals the disconnect between organizational and victim perceptions of disaster.

By highlighting a new empirically based understanding of disaster behavior, the book recommends moving the focus of disaster management to a social process model that will save lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824747152
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/18/2003
Series:
Public Administration and Public Policy Series, #105
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
462,451
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

The Official Organizing of Chaos
Creating Disasters
Preparing for the Worst
Are Disaster Agencies Effective?
The Other Side-Victims Perspective
The Power of Tradition
The Odds of Being a Victim
The Mother Hen Effect
Alternative Organizational Forms
Disaster Communities as Survival Mechanisms
Privatizing Disaster Management

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