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The Politics of Disaster: Tracking the Impact of Hurricane Andrew

David K. Twigg


Hurricane Andrew ripped through Dade County, Florida, before dawn on August 24, 1992, with devastating effect. Andrew is considered one of only three Category 5 hurricanes to strike the U.S. mainland in recorded history. This study explores the impact of the hurricane on elections through analysis of election outcomes and interviews with elected officials and their key supporters. Incumbents who sought reelection after Andrew share insights about their perceptions of politics after a disaster and about how they adjusted their political strategies and activities in Andrew's wake. Andrew gave el ... More

Keywords: campaigns, constituency service, disaster, elections, Florida politics, Hurricane Andrew, incumbency, leadership

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813041889
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813041889.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David K. Twigg, author