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Crisis in the Gulf of Mexico: Discourse, Policy, and Governance in Postcatastrophe Environments
Journal of Applied Social Science
  • John Barnshaw
  • Kathryn Cornell Dolan, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Fulya Apaydin
  • Tara Deubel
  • Karen Greiner
  • Thuy Nguyen
As natural-technological catastrophes become increasingly complex in their severity, scale, and duration, so too must our policy responses. Utilizing the 2010 BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as a case study, this paper explores the ecological, sociocultural, and political challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective. Consistent with prior research on catastrophes, the findings of this study indicate that the severity of disruption substantially influences the social construction of the occasion as policy actors are ill equipped to handle the challenges at all levels of government. Drawing their interdisciplinary backgrounds in history, political science, sociology, anthropology, communications, and literary studies, the authors offer an integrative policy solutions approach predicated on a model of network governance.
English and Technical Communication
Keywords and Phrases
  • BP/Deepwater Horizon,
  • catastrophe,
  • environment,
  • governance,
  • risk
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© 2012 SAGE Publications, All rights reserved.
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John Barnshaw, Kathryn Cornell Dolan, Fulya Apaydin, Tara Deubel, et al.. "Crisis in the Gulf of Mexico: Discourse, Policy, and Governance in Postcatastrophe Environments" Journal of Applied Social Science Iss. 2 (2012) p. 133 - 148 ISSN: 1936-7244
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