The Political Economy of Hazards and Disasters

Throughout history, societies have had to decide whom to 'sacrifice' and whom to help in times of disaster. This volume examines how elite groups attempt to maintain power through the use of particular economic, political, and ideological instruments and how both ruling elites and common people endeavor to create meaningful traditions while enduring hardship. The Political Economy of Hazards and Disasters demonstrates how the vulnerability is economically constructed, primary producers adapt their production regimes, how traders and merchants adapt their practices, and how political-economic objectives play out in recovery efforts.

Reserach Authors
Jones, Eric C.
Murphy, Arthur D.