Managing Disasters through Public–Private Partnerships
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and Hurricane
Katrina in August 2005, generated a great deal of discussion in
public policy and disaster management circles about the importance
of increasing national resilience to rebound from catastrophic
events. Since the majority of physical and virtual networks that
the United States relies upon are owned and operated by the private
sector, a consensus has emerged that public-private partnerships
(PPPs) are a crucial aspect of an effective resilience strategy.
Significant barriers to cooperation persist, however, despite
acknowledgment that public-private collaboration for managing
disasters would be mutually beneficial.
Managing Disasters through Public-Private Partnerships
constitutes the first in-depth exploration of PPPs as tools of
disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and resilience in the
United States. The author assesses the viability of PPPs at the
federal level and explains why attempts to develop these
partnerships have largely fallen short. The book assesses the
recent history and current state of PPPs in the United States, with
particular emphasis on the lessons of 9/11 and Katrina, and
discusses two of the most significant PPPs in US history, the
Federal Reserve System and the War Industries Board from World War
I. The author develops two original frameworks to compare different
kinds of PPPs and analyzes the critical factors that make them
successes or failures, pointing toward ways to improve
collaboration in the future.
This book should be of interest to researchers and students in
public policy, public administration, disaster management,
infrastructure protection, and security; practitioners who work on
public-private partnerships; and corporate as well as government
emergency management professionals and specialists.
Subjects: Political Science
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