Student Activities 2007-2008
Collaborative Federalism and Disaster Management
2008 Florida Political Science Conference
This paper explores the concept of “collaborative federalism” and how it provides a context for federal and state responses to natural or man-made disasters. State and local governments must work with the federal government in a cohesive manner to effectively respond to disasters. A collaborative effort between states and the federal government presents jurisdictional problems with command structures that must be dealt with before a disaster occurs. Thus, this paper will identify key characteristics that define this new period of federalism including: 1) greater coordination and cooperation between levels of government, 2) expanded federal powers over the states’ National Guards and 3) the continuation of increased devolution of emergency management and response powers to state and local governments.