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The International Journal of Social Economics, published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited, has devoted a special Issue to “The Katrina Disaster and New Orleans.” Guest-edited by Walter Block from Loyola University New Orleans, the publication offers a collection of 14 articles taking a multi-disciplinary approach to analysing the impact of the event on the area. The Special Issue is available now for order from the online Emerald Shop

As well as what went wrong, the issue contemplates what could have been done to prevent the disaster and how the recovery and emergency agencies involved could have been better prepared.

Leslie Amour, editor of the journal, comments in his note: “the guest editor and his contributors make a powerful case that government intervention in the Katrina disaster failed to achieve its aim. By and large they argue that market forces would have done a better job […] The International Journal of Social Economics is an interdisciplinary journal and there are many ways of looking at these questions. The journal is open to well researched and argued responses.”

The views expressed in “The Katrina disaster and New Orleans” are not just considerations from an economic perspective as Walter Block explains in his introduction: “We have found room in this Special Issue for analyses from a whole host of other disciplines […], including sociology, public health, social work, city planning, geography, urbanism, history, political science, architecture, engineering (never forget those collapsing levees), ethics, philosophy, accounting, management, marketing, finance, international relations, criminology, law and ethnic studies.”

The International Journal of Social Economics presents social-economic problems, as expressed by economists, philosophers, political scientists, historians and business academics, with their consequent ethical considerations.

To order the Special Issue of International Journal of Social Economics, “The Katrina Disaster and New Orleans”, visit the Emerald Shop

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JOURNALIST INFORMATION: if you are interested in seeing a copy online or hard copy, please let me know and I will arrange this. Also, Walter Block, the Guest Editor of the special issue is available for interview -- please let me know if you would like to talk to him.

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Catherine Dhanjal, TheAnswer Ltd
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Arnaud Pellé
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Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
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