The Political Implications of Natural Disasters
Date of Award
Ph.D. in Political Science
When natural disasters like floods or droughts happen, people experience their wrath, losing lives, livelihoods, homes and security. Natural disasters disrupt the status quo, and create social, humanitarian and political needs. In most cases, people turn to their governments to provide for these needs. However, governments vary widely in their ability and willingness to provide for these needs. Citizens evaluate the outcomes of the government's actions in response to their needs arising from the effects of the natural disaster. Much work on the effects of natural disasters has been undertaken by civil war scholars. This project uniquely contributes to our understanding of how natural disasters affect political processes by extending the analysis to the areas of human rights, sub-national social conflict and leadership duration.
Windsor, Leah Cathryn, "The Political Implications of Natural Disasters" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 316.