The Capacity for Self-Governance and Post-Disaster Resiliency

Review of Austrian Economics, Forthcoming

GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 13-37

25 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2013 Last revised: 12 Dec 2013

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Laura Grube

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: March 9, 2013

Abstract

A community’s capacity for self-governance depends on the social coordination capacity of community organizations and associations, the ability of community members to effectively access both bonding and bridging social capital, the ability of community members to leverage their shared histories and perspectives, and the stability of social networks within the community. Both Elinor Ostrom and Jane Jacobs have explored how a community’s capacity for self-governance affects its ability to solve complex problems (for example, dealing with crime, the provision of public goods, or problems of neighborhood blight). The greater a community’s capacity for self-governance the better able it is to deal with these complex challenges. This paper examines how pre-disaster systems of self-governance aid in post-disaster community recovery. Our analysis focuses on the Mary Queen of Vietnam (MQVN) community and Gentilly, examines the effectiveness of their systems of self-governance prior to Hurricane Katrina and explores the role these systems played in promoting community recovery after the disaster.

Keywords: disaster, recovery, self-governance, Katrina

Suggested Citation

Grube, Laura and Storr, Virgil Henry, The Capacity for Self-Governance and Post-Disaster Resiliency (March 9, 2013). Review of Austrian Economics, Forthcoming; GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 13-37. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2350830

Laura Grube

George Mason University ( email )

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Virgil Henry Storr (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )

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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
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States

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