Bottom-up Responses to Crisis

  • Stefanie Haeffele
  • Virgil Henry Storr

Part of the Mercatus Studies in Political and Social Economy book series (MSPSE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Stefanie Haeffele, Virgil Henry Storr
    Pages 1-11
  3. Joshua Ammons, Christopher J. Coyne
    Pages 29-55
  4. Lori Peek, Jessica Austin, Elizabeth Bittel, Simone Domingue, Melissa Villarreal
    Pages 87-111
  5. Jennifer Murtazashvili, Ilia Murtazashvili
    Pages 113-130
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 151-153

About this book


Crises occur in all societies across world, and can be natural (such as hurricanes, flooding, and earthquakes), man-made (such as wars and economic downturns), or, often, a combination of both (such as famines, the flooding of New Orleans in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina and subsequent levy failures, and the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011). Crises cause fatalities, injuries, and property damages as well as introduce uncertainty and challenges for individuals, societies, and polities. Yet, we see individuals and communities rebounding effectively from crises all the time. How do communities go about returning to normalcy and beginning again the mundane life of every day affairs?

This edited volume looks at bottom-up responses to crises. The chapters in this volume will highlight the ingenuity and persistence of individuals and private organizations as well as discuss the possibilities, limitations, and adaptability of bottom-up responses. It argues that there are many ways that local leaders, entrepreneurs, and community members can play a role in their own recovery by examining the capabilities, feedback mechanisms, and network effects of decentralized crisis response and recovery efforts. Chapters will focus on the role of local emergency managers in the disaster management process and offer suggestions for reform and the role of businesses, citizens, and children in providing crisis response and recovery. This book will also consider theories of self-governance and nonviolent action in encouraging and sustaining bottom-up recovery.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Stefanie Haeffele
    • 1
  • Virgil Henry Storr
    • 2
  1. 1.F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and EconomicsMercatus Center at George Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA
  2. 2.F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and EconomicsMercatus Center at George Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-39311-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-39312-0
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