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SESSION 17. Natural Catastrophes and Risk Management in the United States

17. Natural Catastrophes and Risk Management in the United States.

Eleonora Rohland (Universität Bielefeld). eleonora.rohland@uni-bielefeld.de
Welf Werner (Universität Heidelberg). wwerner@hca.uni-heidelberg.de

ABSTRACT

Throughout its history the United States has experienced a myriad of natural catastrophes such as hurricanes, earthquakes and floods. Adapting to such risks has been a major challenge not only for insurance and reinsurance companies, but also for governmental institutions and American citizens. This session looks at these specific dimensions of American risk management from an interdisciplinary perspective. Contributions tackle the U.S.’s particular exposure to natural catastrophes, the development of risk taking and risk management strategies in an international comparative view, also compared to the global south, and specific cultural and societal manifestations of risk exposure and management. The focus is on long term developments and major events since the end of the Second World War.

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