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Agenda Setting and Natural Hazards

Rob A. DeLeo

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Natural Hazard Science


Published online February 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780199389407 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199389407.013.182

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Agenda setting describes the process through which issues are selected for consideration by a decision-making body. Among the myriad of issues policymakers can consider, few are more vexing than natural hazards. By aggregating (or threatening to aggregate) death, destruction, and economic loss, natural hazards represent a serious and persistent threat to public safety. While citizens rightfully expect policymakers to protect them, many of the policy challenges associated natural hazards fail to reach the crowded government agenda. This article reviews the literature on agenda setting and natural hazards, including the strain between preparing for emerging hazards, on the one hand, and responding to existing disasters, on the other hand. It considers the extent to which natural hazards pose distinctive difficulties during the agenda-setting process, focusing specifically on the dynamics of issue identification, problem definition, venue shopping, and interest group mobilization in natural hazard domains. It closes by suggesting a number of future avenues of agenda-setting research.

Keywords: agenda setting; policy change; natural hazards; emergency management; preparedness; relief

Article.  7719 words. 

Subjects: Social Impact of Environmental Issues (Environmental Science) ; Climate Change ; Environmental Politics ; Epidemiology

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