Growing the Constituency: A Twenty-First Century Challenge

  • James K. MitchellEmail author
Part of the Environmental Hazards book series (ENHA)


Interest groups that have hitherto shaped disaster policies are too small, too limited in scope and too impermanent to effect meaningful long term improvements. A major expansion of public involvement is called for. This chapter identifies three progressively larger groups that are differentially affected by disasters – the permanent, fluctuating and latent constituencies. Each of these has the potential to grow in different ways that, collaboratively, can create a revitalized basis for action capable of addressing the challenges that lie ahead.


Hazard Constituency  Health  Public policy  


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