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Author Lindsay, Bruce Robert
Title U.S. disaster policy: An analysis of federal emergency supplemental appropriations
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Descript 203 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 72-04, Section: A, page: 1427
Adviser: Richard Sylves
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Delaware, 2011
Emergency Supplemental Appropriations are meant as a backup to help pay for disasters when regular funds for disaster assistance run low. This study analyzes emergency supplemental appropriations between fiscal years 1979 and 2009 and shows how federal expenditures have steadily increased over the 31-year time period and predicts they will likely increase over the next five years. Additionally, this study builds on the corpus of knowledge developed by disaster policy scholars Sylves, Birkland, and Waugh by synthesizing their contributions with Punctuated Equilibrium Theory, Kingdon's Multiple Streams Framework, and Sabatier's Advocacy Coalition Framework. The resulting merger helps explain how Congress formulates and implements emergency supplemental appropriations. The study concludes that while emergency supplemental appropriations are an important tool for funding disaster assistance, they are not being used as originally intended. This conclusion is supported by an analysis of survey responses captured by a questionnaire administered to Hill staff responsible for developing and overseeing federal disaster policy
School code: 0060
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 72-04A
Subject Political Science, General
Alt Author University of Delaware. School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy
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