“Polycentricity in Disaster Relief“
Studies in Emergent Order, Vol. 4 (2011)
A key aspect of The Cultural and Political Economy of Recovery is the comparison of disaster relief providers at different levels—federal government, local governments, private individuals, and private organizations. This multi-level analysis provides the opportunity for a discussion of polycentricity in disaster relief. Polycentric orders are those in which decision-making power is dispersed across multiple organizations, each of which is able to exercise autonomy within a shared rule of law. This paper explores some of the implications of polycentricity in disaster relief.