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Main Title Disasters and democracy : the politics of extreme natural events /
Author Platt, Rutherford H.
Publisher Island Press,
Year Published 1999
OCLC Number 40881492
ISBN 1559636963; 9781559636964
Subjects Disaster relief--Political aspects--United States ; Disaster relief--Law and legislation--United States ; Natural disasters--Government policy--United States ; Natural disasters--Law and legislation--United States ; Naturkatastrophe ; Katastrophenschutz ; Geschichte ; Demokratie ; Soziale Kosten ; Politik ; Prävention ; USA
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EIAM  HV555.U6P53 1999 Region 2 Library/New York,NY 03/21/2003
ESAM  HV555.U6P53 1999 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 04/05/2002
Collation xix, 320 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-308) and index.
Contents Notes
Disasters before 1950; coping without Congress -- Shouldering the burden; Federal assumption of disaster costs -- U.S. Federal disaster declarations; a geographical analysis / Ute J. Dymon and Rutherford H. Platt -- Stemming the losses; the quest for hazard mitigation / Rutherford H. Platt and Claire B. Rubin -- Property rights organizations; backlash against regulation / Jessica Spelke Jansujwicz -- The takings issue and the regulation of hazardous areas / Rutherford H. Platt and Alexandra D. Dawson. Fire Island; the politics of coastal erosion / Rutherford H. Platt, David Scherf, and K. Beth O'Donnell -- St. Charles County, Missouri; Federal dollars and the 1933 flood / Miriam Gradie Anderson and Rutherford H. Platt -- The Bay area; one disaster after another. "In recent years, the number of presidential declarations of "major disasters' has sky-rocketed. Such declarations make stricken areas eligible for federal emergency relief funds that greatly reduce their costs. But is federalizing the cost of disasters helping to lighten the overal burden of disasters, or is it making matters worse? Disasters and Democracy addresses the political response to natural disasters, focusing on the changing role of the federal government."--Jacket.