• 00:00    |    
    Initial credits
  • 00:06    |    
    Hurricane Katrina
  • 00:52    |    
    Different outcomes after the disaster
  • 01:31    |    
    Basic premise
  • Expectations
  • 03:05    |    
    Expectations about government actions
    • Capabilities
    • Intent
  • 08:10    |    
    Expectations matrix
  • 08:45    |    
    Pessimism about government's capacity and intention
  • 09:42    |    
    Optimism about government's capacity and intention
  • 10:32    |    
    Capacity optimism and intention pessimism
  • 12:34    |    
    Results of the study about Hurricane Katrina
  • 13:09    |    
    Question and answer period
    • Where should the line of government action be drawn?
      • Government expectations during Hurricane Katrina
      • Quotes George W. Bush
      • Augmented expectations by government officials
    • Human insatiability
      • Inefficient roads
      • Public choice approach to the intention of government officials
    • Should the government be in charge of the roads?
    • Do you think it's best to have low expectations and to be pessimistic about government's capabilities?
    • What would happen if people expected more from other people than from the government?
    • Quotes Israel Kirzner
    • Can expectations efficiently allocate resources when the line is drawn in regards of what government should be doing?
      • Clear policies
      • Feasible policies
    • Individual effects of pessimism during Hurricane Katrina
    • Excessive optimism towards government actions
    • How did expectations on the community you studied affect their recovery?
    • Optimism in poor communities
    • Can this optimism be imposed to communities in need?
    • Contractual relationship between the government and the individual
    • What can you do if the government doesn't fulfill its obligations?
    • Do you have other examples besides Hurricane Katrina in which the government's situation is similar?
    • Hurricane Andrew in Florida
  • 57:45    |    
    Final words
  • 58:23    |    
    Final credits

Expectations of Government Response to Disaster

New Media  | 14 de marzo de 2012  | Vistas: 14

In the process of searching better life conditions after facing natural disasters, human beings turn to the environment to evolve and adapt to new and adverse circumstances. Virgil Storr illustrates these ideas and describes the power that governments have over people's decisions. He comments on the fact that victims of the force of nature expect positive solutions to be accomplished on their behalf, the debates on what the authorities should do, and where the line should be drawn concerning their range of action. Storr explains how each person should act in regards to government officials real intentions, and mentions how the inclinations of pessimism and optimism determine the results of an individual's actions. He also talks about his research on government response in the case of Hurricane Katrina, in New Orleans, and analyzes how the perception of capacity and intention of the American government modified the attitude of the residents enduring such difficult conditions.


Virgil Storr is research associate professor of economics at George Mason…


Nuestra misión es la enseñanza y difusión de los principios éticos, jurídicos y económicos de una sociedad de personas libres y responsables.

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