New UAR Disasters Issue

In response to recent natural disasters around the globe, urban scholars have looked to the pages of Urban Affairs Review to understand the causes and consequences of these events. In a new Urban Affairs Review virtual issue, we highlight several previously published articles that explain the conditions under which voters have held local officials accountable for natural disasters and when they have not. Articles in Urban Affairs Review have shown how natural disasters expose the shortcomings of not only urban governments but also cities’ physical environments, aging infrastructures, and economic and social structures. Natural disasters have also revealed the inefficiencies of intergovernmental relations and interorganizational networks relative to disaster preparedness and recovery. In the case of Hurricane Katrina, according to Peter Dreier, natural disaster, “exposed the major fault lines of American society and politics: class and race.” The pages of Urban Affairs Review have also explained the rebuilding process and how cities cultivate participatory processes in recovery. Our new virtual issue also shows how disasters extend beyond natural phenomena such as hurricanes and floods. Cities must also prepare for and react to terrorism and similar deadly criminal acts.

Natural Disasters

Burns, Peter, and Matthew O. Thomas. “The Failure of the Nonregime: How Katrina Exposed New Orleans as a Regimeless City.” 2006. Urban Affairs Review 41 (4): 517–527.

Comfort, Louise K. “Cities at Risk: Hurricane Katrina and the Drowning of New Orleans.” 2006. Urban Affairs Review 41 (4): 501–516.

Dreier, Peter. “Katrina and Power in America.” 2006. Urban Affairs Review 41 (4): 528–549.

Denters, Bas, and Pieter-Jan Klok. “Rebuilding Roombeek: Patterns of Citizen Participation in Urban Governance.” 2010. Urban Affairs Review 45 (5): 583–607.

Lay, J. Celeste. “Race, Retrospective Voting, and Disasters: The Re-election of C. Ray Nagin after Hurricane Katrina.” 2009. Urban Affairs Review 44 (5): 645–662.

Stehr, Steven D. “The Political Economy of Urban Disaster Assistance.” 2006. Urban Affairs Review 41 (4): 492–500.


Gerber, Brian J., David B. Cohen, Brian Cannon, Dennis Patterson, and Kendra Stewart. “On the front line: American cities and the challenge of homeland security preparedness.” 2005. Urban Affairs Review 41 (2): 182–210.

Kantor, Paul. “Terrorism and Governability in New York City: Old Problem, New Dilemma.” 2002. Urban Affairs Review 38 (1): 120–127.

Keenan, Kevin, and Hongmian Gong. “Managerialism and Terrorism Policy for the Urban Financial Industry: The Implications of Ignoring Geographical Process.” 2013. Urban Affairs Review. 49 (2): 190–219.

Savitch, H.V. “Does 9-11 Portend a New Paradigm for Cities?” 2003. Urban Affairs Review. 39 (1): 103–127.


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