Lessons of Disaster Policy Change after Catastrophic Events

ISBN-10: 158901121X

ISBN-13: 9781589011212

Edition: 2009

Authors: Thomas A. Birkland

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We know that disasters play a role in setting policy agendas?in getting policymakers to think about problems?but does our government always take the next step and enact new legislation or regulations? Birkland argues that the type of disaster affects the types of lessons learned from it, and that certain conditions are necessary to translate awareness into new policy, including media attention, salience for a large portion of the public, the existence of advocacy groups for the issue, and the preexistence of policy ideas that can be drawn upon. This timely study concludes with a discussion of the interplay of multiple disasters, focusing on the initial government response to Hurricane Katrina and the negative effect the September 11 catastrophe seems to have had on reaction to that tragedy.
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 11/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Theories and Models of Policy Change and Learning
Knowledge, Learning, and Policy Change
A Model of Event-Related Policy Change
Learning and Lessons in This Study
The Case Studies
September 11, Learning, and Policy Change
What Is Homeland Security?
Events and Reports: The Emergence of the Homeland Security Problem
The September 11 Attacks as Focusing Events
September 11, Policy Failure, Learning, and Change
Conclusions: Learning after September 11
Learning from Aviation Security Disasters
Historical Trends in Aviation Security
Agenda Change and Security Incidents
Policy Change, Learning, and Implementation
Implementation Problems in Aviation Security
Learning from Earthquakes and Hurricanes
Why Natural Hazards Matter
Disaster Mitigation as a Primary Goal of Disaster Policy
Earthquakes and Hurricanes on National and Local Agendas
Legislation and Regulation
Learning from Disasters at the State and Local Level
Disaster, Learning, and the Possibility of Change
Learning and the Policy Process
Revisiting the Propositions
Focusing Events and the Presumption against Change
Causes, Objective Lessons, and Learning
Assessing the Elements of the Model
Factors That Promote and Inhibit Learning
Focusing Events and the Accumulation of Knowledge
Policy Implementation and Lessons
Hurricane Katrina and the Unlearning of Lessons
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