Political Strategies and Resilience to Climate-Related Disasters

Friday, February 17, 2017: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room 306 (Hynes Convention Center)
Eric C. Jones, University of Texas Health Center, El Paso, TX
We explore the idea that variation in leadership strategies can be understood as a product of differential survival in the face of climate-related disasters. We hypothesize that leaders promoting a more “exclusionary” political strategy (one in which access to political authority is tightly controlled) are typically more effective for maintaining power in the context of climate-related disasters, and test this hypothesis using cross-cultural and cross-temporal data.