Political Leadership in Disaster and Crisis Communication and Management

Political Leadership in Disaster and Crisis Communication and Management : International Perspectives and Practices

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This book explores the role of elected leaders in disaster management. Filling a significant gap in disaster literature, the authors take a pragmatic approach to the relationships between the public under threat, the operational response, and the interests and actions of elected officials. Key tactics are explored, from the ways operational managers strategically deal with unreasonable political demands to what disaster officials argue is the responsibility of elected officials at all levels of government - that is, to ensure vital life-saving information reaches the people who need it most. The book draws on case studies such as the mismanagement of public perceptions by President George W. Bush during Hurricane Katrina in the United States and the widely acclaimed, heartfelt messages delivered by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh during the 2010-11 South-East Queensland floods in Australia. Drawing on a series of interviews with senior disaster managers in ten countries, this book is highly relevant for students, scholars and practitioners interested in disaster communication.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 203 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 13.21mm | 305g
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2020
  • 1 Illustrations, black and white; XXIII, 203 p. 1 illus.
  • 3030429032
  • 9783030429034
  • 1,144,907

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This book explores the role of elected leaders in disaster management. Filling a significant gap in disaster literature, the authors take a pragmatic approach to the relationships between the public under threat, the operational response, and the interests and actions of elected officials. Key tactics are explored, from the ways operational managers strategically deal with unreasonable political demands to what disaster officials argue is the responsibility of elected officials at all levels of government - that is, to ensure vital life-saving information reaches the people who need it most. The book draws on case studies such as the mismanagement of public perceptions by President George W. Bush during Hurricane Katrina in the United States and the widely acclaimed, heartfelt messages delivered by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh during the 2010-11 South-East Queensland floods in Australia. Drawing on a series of interviews with senior disaster managers in ten countries, this book is highly relevant for students, scholars and practitioners interested in disaster communication.
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Table of contents

1. Introduction.2. Extraordinary politics in catastrophic times.3. Sampling disaster concepts.4. Political leadership in calamity.5. Frontline realities.6. Managing Relationships.7. Voices of Reason.8. Minding the Minders.9. Lessons Learned and Best Practices.
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About Hamish McLean

Hamish McLean is Senior Lecturer of Crisis and Disaster Management at Griffith University, Australia. He has 25 years of professional experience in emergency management, journalism and police media. His research focuses on political communication during disasters and risk communication.



Jacqui Ewart is Professor of Journalism and Communication at Griffith University, Australia. She was a journalist and media manager for more than a decade. Her research interests include media coverage of, and communication about, disasters, media representations of cultural diversity, and radio audiences.
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