Post-­Disaster Community Recovery in Heterogeneous, Loosely-Connected Communities

Review of Social Economy, Volume 70, Number 3 (September 2012): 295-314

20 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2012  

Virgil Henry Storr

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

Stefanie Haeffele-Balch

George Mason University

Date Written: September 1, 2012

Abstract

Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on 29 August 2005, leaving a great deal of destruction, pain, and uncertainty in its wake. Post-disaster community rebound is a collective action problem where every individual’s decision to rebuild is impacted by the likelihood that others in the community will rebuild. The literature on post-disaster recovery suggests that homogenous, tight-knit communities will have an advantage over more diverse, less connected communities in solving this collective action problem and bringing about community rebound and redevelopment. Consequently, these studies have tended to underappreciate the capacity of loosely knit, heterogeneous communities to overcome the challenges associated with community recovery after a disaster. This article hopes to fill this gap in the literature by examining how loosely knit, heterogeneous communities can facilitate post-disaster community recovery and redevelopment. To examine this, we highlight the importance of community-based organizations and focus on the recovery efforts of Broadmoor after Hurricane Katrina.

Keywords: social capital, post-disaster recovery, Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans

Suggested Citation

Storr, Virgil Henry and Haeffele-Balch, Stefanie, Post-­Disaster Community Recovery in Heterogeneous, Loosely-Connected Communities (September 1, 2012). Review of Social Economy, Volume 70, Number 3 (September 2012): 295-314. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2190550

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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Stefanie Haeffele-Balch

George Mason University ( email )

4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

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