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Natural Hazard Mitigation Policy

Implementation, Organizational Choice, and Contextual Dynamics

Alesch, Daniel J., Arendt, Lucy A., Petak, William J.

2012, XVI, 240 p.

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  • This book  is about implementing public policy intended to mitigate the consequences stemming from extreme hazardous events
  • It focuses on importance of taking steps to reduce frequency and impact of adverse unanticipated consequences arising from implementation
  • A compelling case study evaluating the history and perspectives of key stakeholders, and the outcomes of complex organizational decision making​

The negative consequences of natural hazard events are staggering and growing. Governments are acting to increase community resilience, reduce losses, and facilitate recovery, but these actions do not always yield anticipated consequences. This book is a compelling interdisciplinary analysis of California’s efforts to ensure that acute care hospitals survive earthquakes and continue to function in the aftermath. The book weaves together several threads essential to understanding the effectiveness of public policies intended to reduce the consequences of natural hazard events: public policy design and administration, the hazard mitigation investment decision made by targeted organizations, and contextual dynamics. 

"A terrific study of shortfalls in the implementation of risk-reduction policy -- highly readable, full of insights, and very policy relevant."  Peter J. May, Donald R. Matthews Distinguished Professor of American Politics, University of Washington, Seattle USA 

"This is an exceptional book by three of the leading hazard mitigation researchers and must reading for both scholars and practitioners in the field."  William A. Anderson, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Earthquakes - Hospital Administration - Natural Hazards - Policy Implementation - Regularity Policy

Related subjects » Natural Hazards - Political Science - Public Health

Table of contents 

Chapter 1. The Starting Point: A Confluence of Questions about Policy Design and Implementation

Part 1 SB 1953: THE ORIGINS AND THE EXPERIENCE THROUGH 2010

Chapter 2. Origins and History of California Seismic Building Retrofit Regulations

Chapter 3. The Road to SB 1953

Chapter 4. SB 1953: The Law, the Program, and the Implementation Challenge

Chapter 5. Implementing SB 1953: 1998 into 2005

Chapter 6. Implementation: Circa 2005 Through 2010 

PART 2. OBSTACLES TO IMPLEMENTATION: BEYOND THE USUAL SUSPECTS

Chapter 7. OSHPD, Administrative Agencies in General, And Implementing SB 1953 

PART 3: BEYOND THE USUAL SUSPECTS:  THE REGULATED PARTIES, PREREQUISITES TO ACTION, AND THE HAZARD MITIGATION INVESTMENT DECISION

Chapter 8. Organizational Responses: Introduction to Hazard Mitigation Investment Decision Making in Hospitals

Chapter 9. Prerequisites to Organizational Action

Chapter 10. Organizational Differences in Hazard Mitigation Investment Decision Making: Inside the Organization

Chapter 11. Organizational Differences in Hazard Mitigation Investment Decision Making: Outside the Organization

PART 4: BEYOND THE USUAL SUSPECTS: PUBLIC POLICY DESIGN AND CONTEXTUAL DYNAMICS

Chapter 12. Mindsets, Policy Design, Congruence, and Related Obstacles to Policy Implementation

Chapter 13. Dynamic Contexts and Public Policy Implementation

PART 5. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

Chapter 14. The Ecology of Public Policy Implementation

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