Disaster and the Politics of Intervention

Disaster and the Politics of Intervention

by Andrew Lakoff
     
 

Government plays a critical role in mitigating individual and collective vulnerability to disaster. Through measures such as disaster relief, infrastructure development, and environmental regulation, public policy is central to making societies more resilient. However, the recent drive to replace public institutions with market mechanisms has challenged

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Government plays a critical role in mitigating individual and collective vulnerability to disaster. Through measures such as disaster relief, infrastructure development, and environmental regulation, public policy is central to making societies more resilient. However, the recent drive to replace public institutions with market mechanisms has challenged governmental efforts to manage collective risk. The contributors to this volume analyze the respective roles of the public and private sectors in the management of catastrophic risk, addressing questions such as: How should homeland security officials evaluate the risk posed by terrorist attacks and natural disasters? Are market-based interventions likely to mitigate our vulnerability to the effects of climate change? What is the appropriate relationship between non-governmental organizations and private security firms in responding to humanitarian emergencies? And how can philanthropic efforts to combat the AIDS crisis ensure ongoing access to life-saving drugs in the developing world? More generally, these essays point to the way thoughtful policy intervention can improve our capacity to withstand catastrophic events.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231146975
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2009
Series:
A Columbia / SSRC Book (Privatization of Risk)
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,119,859
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction Andrew Lakoff 1

Chapter 1 Beyond Calculation: A Democratic Response to Risk Sheila Jasanoff 14

Chapter 2 Private Choices, Public Harms: The Evolution of National Disaster Organizations in the United States Patrick S. Roberts 42

Chapter 3 Strange Brew: Private Military Contractors and Humanitarians P. W. Singer 70

Chapter 4 Risking Health: HIV/AIDS and the Problem of Access to Essential Medicines Heinz Klug 100

Chapter 5 Constructing Carbon Markets: Learning from Experiments in the Technopolitics of Emissions Trading Schemes Donald Mackenzie 130

List of Contributors 150

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