The Political Economy of Hurricane Katrina and Community Rebound
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The Political Economy of Hurricane Katrina and Community Rebound

Edited by Emily Chamlee-Wright and Virgil Henry Storr

In 2005 Hurricane Katrina posed an unprecedented set of challenges to formal and informal systems of disaster response and recovery. Informed by the Virginia School of Political Economy, the contributors to this study critically examine the public policy environment that led to both successes and failures in the post-Katrina disaster response and long-term recovery. Building from this perspective, this book lends critical insight into the nature of the social coordination problems disasters present, the potential for public policy to play a positive role, and the inherent limitations policymakers face in overcoming the myriad challenges that are a product of catastrophic disaster.
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Chapter 4: Making Hurricane Response More Effective: Lessons from the Private Sector and the Coast Guard During Katrina

Steven Horwitz

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4. Making hurricane response more effective: lessons from the private sector and the Coast Guard during Katrina1 Steven Horwitz 4.1 INTRODUCTION Many people believe that the government, particularly the federal government, should finance and direc...

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