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Transforming Disaster Response

Federalism and Leadership, 1st Edition

By William Lester


198 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Much of the published work on disaster response has focused on specific disasters, highlighting what went wrong. Taking a new approach, this book explores ways in which transformational leadership principles may be applied to an organization’s disaster preparation and response, moving the organization away from a competitive or top-down approach and toward a more collaborative one. Rather than focus on centralizing responsibility, with commands emanating from the top, author William Lester offers readers a new paradigm, with step by step instructions on placing transformative and collaborative systems front and center, in order to develop a sustainable disaster response system – one that is not centered on a specific leader or time, but instead focuses on the changes needed to build a system that can outlive any one leader. Implementation plans to move from concept into workable, effective strategies that can be used immediately are included. Assuming no prior background in either organizational theory or disaster response systems, the book offers practical examples and hands-on explorations of the responses to Hurricanes Sandy, Harvey, Irma, and Maria, written by experts who know those disasters best – delivering important insight into what elements make the best disaster response system.

Table of Contents

1. The System under Stress

[William Lester]

2. Visions of a Better Disaster Response System

[William Lester]

3. Transformational Leadership and Collaborative Systems

[William Lester]

4. NIMS, Federalism, and Support

[William Lester]

5. The Need for Adaptation and Hurricane Sandy

[Robert Wright, Michael Kemp, and William Lester]

6. Building Resilient Communities Before and After the Hurricanes

[Michael A. Brown]

7. National Preparedness Agenda: A Call for Collaborative Networking?

[Michael A. Brown]

8. Community Recovery: An Assessment of Community-based Resiliency Precursors

[Robert Wright and Jacob J. Dickman]


About the Author

William Lester is Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Jacksonville State University, USA.

About the Series

ASPA Series in Public Administration and Public Policy

Founded in 1939, the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is the premier professional organization for public administration, dedicated to advancing its art, science, teaching and practice. The ASPA book series provides expert information on a range of public administration issues, each authored by a leader in the field. Series Editor David Rosenbloom is Distinguished Professor of Public Administration in the School of Public Affairs at American University, USA.

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