August 1, 2008

Signaling Effects of Commercial and Civil Society in Post-Katrina Reconstruction

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This paper examines the role private action has played in overcoming the collective action problem posed by Hurricane Katrina. Mutual assistance, commercial cooperation, and the redevelopment of key community resources help to overcome collective action problems by reducing the high costs of an early return and by signaling the potential for widespread recovery to individual actors. Though most redevelopment plans assume that a large-scale government response is the only way to overcome the collective action problem, I argue that private recovery efforts within commercial and civil society challenge this assumption.

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Citation (Chicago Style): Chamlee-Wright, Emily. "Signaling Effects of Commercial and Civil Society in Post-Katrina Reconstruction." International Journal of Social Economics 35, no. 8 (2008): 615-626.