The Dialectics of Crisis Management
This paper presents a persuasive argument on rebuilding the state of New Orleans after Hurricane Katirna.
# 105291 | 1,070 words | 5 sources | APA | 2008 |
Published on Jul 03, 2008 in Political Science (Government Agencies) , Economics (Public Finance) , Political Science (U.S. Federal Politics) , Public Administration (General)
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This paper discusses New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, and states that it has turned into the ideal example of the type of dysfunction that can develop when opposing forces, such as local and federal government agencies continuously prove themselves counter-productive. This dysfunction occurs because, while the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA is adamant about adhering to its antiquated rules dictating the agency is only obligated to rebuild a system to its former state, the city of New Orleans is adamant about not only rebuilding the system, but modernizing it at the same time. Furthermore, the author argues that the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing comedy of errors that is dominating the city, reveals a completely dysfunctional state where neither proposition nor counter-proposition is resulting in a sort of solution or synthesis.
From the Paper:"More often than not, organizations or entities that find themselves in negative situations such as catastrophic infrastructure failure as in New Orleans, attempt to cover up the crisis and shift responsibility from the organization or official entity or to someone or something else. In this case, FEMA itself proved a contradiction since it is supposed to be the lead agency in an emergency but during and since Katrina it has clearly failed to act on this responsibility. Often, the deciding factor in opting for this strategy is based on the organization in question's revenues or reputation. This is the worst of reasons to deal negatively and irresponsibly with a crisis and hardly ever pays dividends in the long-term. Additionally, dialectics informs the relevant parties that its contradictions should result in innovative solutions and augment creative energy that results in ideas and insights that compensate for areas that are weak or unresolved (Unfolding 286). For its part, the City of New Orleans seems to have failed to provide that creative spark necessary to develop solutions to its problems. It seems to have simply settled on the contradictions within dialectics without recognizing any resulting solution."
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- "Thinking the Unthinkable." CIO Insight, 52(2005): 25. "Unfolding Logics of Change."
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