Lessons of Disaster: Policy Change after Catastrophic Eve... and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $6.22
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Lessons of Disaster: Policy Change after Catastrophic Events (American Government and Public Policy) Paperback – October 27, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1589011212 ISBN-10: 158901121X
Buy new
$23.58
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.
Details
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
List Price: $26.95 Save: $3.37 (13%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Qty:1
Lessons of Disaster: Poli... has been added to your Cart

Used & new from other sellers Delivery options vary per offer
57 used & new from $12.92
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
Paperback, October 27, 2006
"Please retry"
$23.58
$21.75 $12.92
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Freedom of Speech by David K. Shipler
Freedom of Speech by David K. Shipler
Freedom of Speech reveals the triumphs and challenges of defining and protecting the boundaries of free expression in modern America. Learn more | See similar books
$23.58 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Temporarily out of stock. Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Lessons of Disaster: Policy Change after Catastrophic Events (American Government and Public Policy) + Dealing with Disaster: Public Management in Crisis Situations
Price for both: $61.02

One of these items ships sooner than the other.

Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Readers interested in disaster policy and emergency management will find Lessons instructive and illuminating. The case studies are contextually rich and demonstrate the relationship between focusing events and disaster policies quite deftly. Moreover, readers will find Birkland's thorough knowledge of the policy process impressive ...a worthwhile resource for grasping how concepts of learning may help explain the fits and starts of U.S. disaster policy making."―Public Administration Review

"A valuable book for students of disaster policy and for students of policy change more generally. . . . After reading this book, it is hard not to become an advocate for aggressive disaster mitigation, as opposed to the preponderant paradigm of disaster relief."―Perspectives on Politics

Review

"Government is not perfect; we all know that. But governments can and do learn. When policies clearly fail, as happened in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as has occurred with various responses to hurricanes, earthquakes, and aviation security disasters, what happens next? Learning is by no means automatic; groups of affected citizens must mobilize; new ideas must be tossed around and considered; and a consensus must be reached about new policy initiatives. This does not always occur, and governments often do not learn anything even from terrible failures. In this very readable book based on several case studies including public response to the events of 9/11, Birkland shows us how governments draw important lessons from past failures. The book is a useful corrective to complaints that policy failures are there for all to see, but improvements never occur; Birkland shows that governments do, indeed, learn. More importantly, he helps us understand how we might make them learn more."―Frank R. Baumgartner, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, The Pennsylvania State University

"Birkland analyzes an understudied topic: the extent to which governments learn after critical events. Often 'event-induced attention' causes policy change, but does this result in policy learning, or do governments simply repeat past errors? In framing an interesting question, and in ably utilizing four case studies to study it, Birkland has written an important book."―Bryan Jones, Donald R. Matthews Distinguished Professor of American Politics, director, Center for American Politics and Public Policy, University of Washington, Seattle

"This book is a useful companion to After Disaster. Both books look at focusing events like natural disasters, but this also examines the ultimate focusing event (9-11) and whether subsequent bureaucratic change produced meaningful policy change."―Roger W. Cobb, Brown University

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Series: American Government and Public Policy
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press (October 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158901121X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589011212
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

By vron on December 7, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book. Very very well written and is definitely useful for certain classes. Amazing pictures and very easy to read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By John Bailey on November 17, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
school book boo!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Bella on August 21, 2014
Format: Paperback
Great!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again