Natural Hazards and Voting Behavior

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Natural hazards have repercussions that reverberate to the political level. Their adverse socio-economic impacts could undermine political support from key fractions in society. Governments, aware of this, have incentives to ease the adverse social impacts of natural hazards. However, the channels of impact from natural hazards to voter and government behavior are complex, indirect, and nonlinear. More than their immediate impact, therefore, major natural hazards contain important symbolic and mythological power that can sway public opinion and influence disaster policies for years to come.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Research Encyclopedia of Natural Hazard Science
Number of pages29
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication dateNov 2018
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018
SeriesOxford Research Encyclopedias


  • Blind retrospection
  • Mediated retrospection
  • Narrative retrospection
  • Disaster relief
  • Democratic competitiveness
  • Blame games
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Elbe flooding
  • Indian Ocean tsunami

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