Can catastrophes lead to good policy? Jeffrey Stern explores this question by explaining “rational choice theory,” according to which people try to do things rationally so as to maximize good outcomes.
Over the past hundred years, new policies have surfaced after every major catastrophe, with the goal of addressing deficiencies in mitigation, preparation, response or recovery and by so doing, decreasing the chances of harm.
John Jay College and the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies (RaCERS) invited Jeffrey Stern, author of “Can Catastrophes Lead to Good Policy” in the Handbook of Critical Incident Analysis, to share his insights and experience from his current role leading the Center for Response and Security Lessons Learned at the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, Arlington, Va. (HSSAI is a federally funded research and development center operated on behalf of DHS.)
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