Erik Plänitz is an Africa Researcher with ACLED and PhD fellow at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute/University of Freiburg. He holds a Master degree from Gothenburg University and is currently working on climate change and urban violence in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Missed Expectations and Disorder: The Dilemma of Political Response to Disasters

Natural disasters — such as hurricanes, floods, and tsunamis — are often used as an impetus for massive policy shifts and redistribution of state resources. Often, sudden changes of government expenditure may contribute to public frustration, particularly when a state’s response to an emergency is seen as ineffective. Indeed, a commonly cited cause for public…