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Social Capital and Natural Hazards Governance

Topics: Emergency Management,

This paper argues that as natural disasters continue to occur more and more frequently, it is essential that researchers pursue answers to remaining questions about the role of social capital in disaster recovery and resilience. Specifically, the authors focus on questions of how researchers might measure social capital, at which stages of a disaster social capital might be most important, and what programs related to this subject are successful, to name a few. The paper concludes, both quantitatively and qualitatively, that social capital matters at all stages of disaster response. As a result, the authors urge further research into this subject so actors at all levels of decision making and community response may better understand the important of social capital in resilience.

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