November 19, 2010

The Political Economy Of Hurricane Katrina And Community Rebound

I am excited to inform you that The Political Economy Of Hurricane Katrina And Community Rebound (November 2010, 272 pp, $ 99) featuring the chapter that I co-authored with Dan Rothschild (The Mercatus Center) came out finally. Go ahead and buy it online!
The book is edited by Emily Chamlee-Wright, Elbert H. Neese Professor of Economics, Beloit College and Affiliated Senior Scholar, The Mercatus Center, George Mason University, US and Virgil Henry Storr, Senior Research Fellow and Director, Graduate Student Programs, Mercatus Center, George Mason University and the Don C. Lavoie Fellow, Program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Department of Economics, George Mason University, US. Contributors include E. Agemy, J. Bleckley, E. Chamlee-Wright, D. D’Amico, J. Hall, S. Horwitz, A. Kashdan, L. Krasnozhon, P. Leeson, A. Martin, E. Norcross, D. Rothschild, P. Runst, E. Schaeffer, D. Skarbek, A. Skriba, R. Sobel, V. Storr

Here is an abstract: 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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