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Protecting People from Natural Disasters: Political Institutions and Ocean-Originated Hazards

Quiroz Flores, A (2018) 'Protecting People from Natural Disasters: Political Institutions and Ocean-Originated Hazards.' Political Science Research and Methods, 6 (1). pp. 111-134. ISSN 2049-8470

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Why do some leaders protect their citizens from natural disasters while others do not? This paper argues that leaders in large coalition systems provide more protection against natural disasters than leaders in small coalition systems. Yet, autocrats also provide large-scale disaster protection if members of their winning coalition are exposed to natural hazards. The paper tests these propositions by examining cross-country variation in the number of sea-level stations as a lower bound for protection against ocean-originated disasters. Empirical evidence indicates that leaders in large coalition systems deploy more sea-level stations than their counterparts in small coalition systems. The evidence also shows that if the national capital is close to the coast, thus exposing members of the ruling coalition to ocean-originated hazards, leaders across political systems install more sea-level stations.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 11:56
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:28

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