Disasters and Democracy: The Politics of Extreme Natural Events / Edition 1

Disasters and Democracy: The Politics of Extreme Natural Events / Edition 1

by Rutherford H. Platt
     
 

<p>In recent years, the number of presidential declarations of &quot;major disasters&quot; has skyrocketed. Such declarations make stricken areas eligible for federal emergency relief funds that greatly reduce their costs. But is federalizing the costs of disasters helping to lighten the overall burden of disasters or is it making matters worse? Does it… See more details below

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<p>In recent years, the number of presidential declarations of &quot;major disasters&quot; has skyrocketed. Such declarations make stricken areas eligible for federal emergency relief funds that greatly reduce their costs. But is federalizing the costs of disasters helping to lighten the overall burden of disasters or is it making matters worse? Does it remove incentives for individuals and local communities to take measures to protect themselves? Are people more likely to invest in property in hazardous locations in the belief that, if worse comes to worst, the federal government will bail them out?.<p>Disasters and Democracy addresses the political response to natural disasters, focusing specifically on the changing role of the federal government from distant observer to immediate responder and principal financier of disaster costs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559636964
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Edition description:
1
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction - Disasters before 1950: Coping without Congress
Notes
 
PART I. Federalizing Disasters: From Compassion to Entitlement
Chapter 1. Shouldering the Burden: Federal Assumption of Disaster Costs
Chapter 2. U.S. Federal Disaster Declarations: A Geographical Analysis
Chapter 3. Stemming the Losses: The Quest for Hazard Mitigation
 
PART II. Property Rights and the Takings Issue
Chapter 4. Property Rights Organizations: Backlash against Regulation
Chapter 5. The Takings Issue and the Regulation of Hazardous Areas
 
PART III. Case Studies
Chapter 6. Fire Island: The Politics of Coastal Erosion
Chapter 7. St. Charles County, Missouri: Federal Dollars and the 1993 Midwest Flood
Chapter 8. The Bay Area: One Disaster after Another
 
Conclusion and Recommendations
Selected Bibliography for Further Reading
About the Contributors
Index

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