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11/04/2015

New book: Storr, Haeffele-Balch, and Grube, Community Revival in the Wake of Disaster

Storr et al bookJust published in the Perspectives from Social Economics series from Palgrave Macmillan is a book by Virgil Henry Storr, Stefanie Haeffele-Balch, and Laura E. Grube titled Community Revival in the Wake of Disaster: Lessons in Local Entrepreneurship.

UPDATE: There is a dedicated website for the book here, which includes a short video trailer.

From the publisher's description:

Rebounding after disasters like tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods can be daunting. Communities must have residents who can not only gain access to the resources that they need to rebuild but who can also overcome the collective action problem that characterizes post-disaster relief efforts. Community Revival in the Wake of Disaster argues that entrepreneurs, conceived broadly as individuals who recognize and act on opportunities to promote social change, fill this critical role. Using examples of recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Hurricane Sandy on the Rockaway Peninsula in New York, the authors demonstrate how entrepreneurs promote community recovery by providing necessary goods and services, restoring and replacing disrupted social networks, and signaling that community rebound is likely and, in fact, underway. They argue that creating space for entrepreneurs to act after disasters is essential for promoting recovery and fostering resilient communities.

Storr is Senior Research Fellow and Director of Graduate Student Programs at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, USA, and Research Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at George Mason University. Haeffele-Balch is Associate Director of Graduate Student Programs at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, USA, and is also a PhD Student in the Economics Department at George Mason University. Grube is Mercatus Dissertation Fellow and PhD candidate in Economics at George Mason University, USA, and Visiting Instructor in the Economics Department at Beloit College, USA.

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If you have any ideas for a book in the Perspectives from Social Economics series, you can email the series editor (and past ASE president) Mark D. White at profmdwhite@hotmail.com.

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