Disasters and Democracy The Politics of Extreme Natural Events

ISBN-10: 1559636963
ISBN-13: 9781559636964
Edition: 4th 1999
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Book details

List price: $39.50
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 5/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

In recent years, the number of presidential declarations of “major disasters” 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?.Disasters and Democracyaddresses 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.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction: Disasters Before 1950: Coping Without Congress
Federalizing Disasters: From Compassion to Entitlement
Shouldering the Burden: Federal Assumption of Disaster Costs
U.S. Federal Disaster Declarations: A Geographical Analysis
Stemming the Losses: The Quest for Hazard Mitigation
Property Rights and the Takings Issue
Property Rights Organizations: Backlash Against Regulation
The Takings Issue and the Regulation of Hazardous Areas
Case Studies
Fire Island: The Politics of Coastal Erosion
St. Charles County, Missouri: Federal Dollars and the 1993 Flood
The Bay Area: One Disaster After Another
Conclusion and Recommendations
Selected Bibliography for Further Reading
About the Contributors
Index

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