Disasters and Democracy The Politics of Extreme Natural Events
Edition: 4th 1999
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Description: 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $39.50
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 5/1/1999
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
|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|
|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|