Disasters and Democracy: The Politics Of Extreme Natural Events

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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 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.

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In recent years, the number of presidential declarations of "major disasters" has sky-rocketed. Such declarations make stricken areas eligible for federal emergency relief funds that greatly reduce their costs. But is federalizing the cost of disasters helping to lighten the overall burden of disasters, or is it making matters worse? Disasters and Democracy addresses the political response to natural disasters, focusing on the changing role of the federal government.

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"Disasters and Democracy is more than a fascinating read; it will open the public's eyes to the real problems and costs associated with disaster relief." (Electronic Green Journal)

"A most valuable feature of this book is the conclusions and recommendations, where Platt outlines the policy lessons derived from case studies. These lessons...are common sense, politically feasible, easy-to-implement changes to existing policies that, in many cases, are long overdue." (Environmental Hazards)

"Platt offers a number of suggestions for changes to federal disaster assistance programs that would depoliticize assistance to individuals and reduce the magnitude of assistance to state and local governments.... Platt's analysis of the politics of disaster assistance is enlightening..." (Geosciences)

"This book takes on more importance with each passing day.... Anyone with an interest in the area of disaster policy must have this book on his/her shelf." (Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management)

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