Public opinion formation in post-disaster resilience projects : a study of Roombeek and the Hudson River project

Ferdelman, Marie Helen (2016) Public opinion formation in post-disaster resilience projects : a study of Roombeek and the Hudson River project.

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Abstract:This study explores the development of public opinion formation in the decision-making processes of post-disaster resilience projects. It aims to examine how established public opinion formation theories can be applied in two post-disaster reconstruction cases and whether they are relevant in varying contexts based on the logic of realist explanation. The cases analyzed in this study are the man-made, one-time disaster in the neighbourhood Roombeek in Enschede (Netherlands) after it was largely destroyed by the explosion of a firework depot and the natural disaster that is likely to recur in Hoboken, New Jersey (USA) after Hurricane Sandy struck. The study finds that early involvement of citizens in the decision-making process, effective expectation management and a comprehensive communication strategy support development of positive public opinion in both projects.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Public Administration BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70447
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