Expectations of Government’s Response to Disaster

22 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2010

See all articles by Emily L. Chamlee-Wright

Emily L. Chamlee-Wright

Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University

Virgil Henry Storr

George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Mercatus Center; University of Arizona Center for the Philosophy of Freedom

Date Written: September 12, 2008

Abstract

Citizens’ expectations about what government is capable of doing and what policies government officials intend to pursue can influence their decisions. After a disaster, for instance, expectations of government’s intent and capacity to assist in the rebuilding process will influence the rebuilding strategies that affected citizens adopt. This article develops a typology that categorizes citizens’ expectations of government response to disaster.We then deploy this typology to identify expectation patterns among residents and other private actors in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward communities who have returned following Katrina and explain how these expectations shape their preferred rebuilding strategy.

Keywords: Public Choice, Political Economy, Hurricane Katrina, Post-Disaster Recovery

Suggested Citation

Chamlee-Wright, Emily L. and Storr, Virgil Henry, Expectations of Government’s Response to Disaster (September 12, 2008). Public Choice, Vol. 144, No. 1, pp. 253-274, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1711287

Emily L. Chamlee-Wright

Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University ( email )

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Virgil Henry Storr (Contact Author)

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George Mason University - Mercatus Center ( email )

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University of Arizona Center for the Philosophy of Freedom ( email )

Department of History
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United States

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