The Role of Social Entrepreneurship in Post-Katrina Community Recovery

International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, Vol. 2, Nos. 1/2, pp.149–164, 2010

16 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 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: 2010

Abstract

This article explores the role of social entrepreneurship in post-Katrina community recovery. Relying on interviews with a wide variety of stakeholders, including residents, business owners and managers, church pastors, non-profit directors and employees and rental property owners, we conclude that social entrepreneurs perform several key factors after a disaster. These include: A) helping to solve the collective action problem associated with deciding to return and rebuild, B) organising and engaging in outreach, activism and advocacy on behalf of their communities, C) directly assisting in rebuilding efforts and providing essential services.

We also pay special attention to how some of these efforts are being frustrated by policy makers and officials.

Keywords: social entepreneurship, post-disaster recovery, Hurricane Katrina, collective action problem

Suggested Citation

Chamlee-Wright, Emily L. and Storr, Virgil Henry, The Role of Social Entrepreneurship in Post-Katrina Community Recovery (2010). International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, Vol. 2, Nos. 1/2, pp.149–164, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1723376

Emily L. Chamlee-Wright

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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 )

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United States

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