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Emergency Response to Domestic Terrorism

How Bureaucracies Reacted to the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing

Alethia H. Cook



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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
01 January 2010
Social impact of disasters; Emergency services; Central government policies; Terrorist attack
Emergency Response to Domestic Terrorism analyzes the emergency response to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. Terrorism is a complex threat, and the American government is expected to deter or intervene in every attack. For that reason, the government must be better prepared to respond to acts of terror. One critical element is to understand what constitutes an 'effective response'. To answer this key question, the author examined the existing literature and interviewed thirty-one elite participants in the emergency response to the bombing. The result is a unique qualitative case study that analyzes the response efforts undertaken after the bombing to draw conclusions about their relative success or failure. Emergency Response to Domestic Terrorism looks at the nature and interrelationship of bureaucratic structures involved in the response, the organizational networking between the response bureaucracy, and the impact of bureaucratic culture on the response. By bringing together the academic and the practical aspects of emergency response, the work will appeal to students, practitioners, and policymakers. Further, it will foster better understanding of public policy and public administration in general.
By:   Alethia H. Cook
Imprint:   Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   204g
ISBN:   9780826430731
ISBN 10:   0826430732
Pages:   137
Publication Date:   01 January 2010
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dr. Alethia Cook is Assistant Director of the Security Studies Program at East Carolina University. As an assistant professor in the Political Science Department, Dr. Cook teaches courses in terrorism and response to terrorism.

Reviews for Emergency Response to Domestic Terrorism: How Bureaucracies Reacted to the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing

The 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing forced the population in the interior of the United States to recognize that the heartlands were not immune from a massive terrorist attack. In the period following the bombing understandable emotion often clouded an objective analysis of how the authorities responded to the tragedy. Alethiia H. Cook has taken advantage of the passage of time to develop an excellent analytical framework and an impressive empirical approach largely based on interviews to provide an important anatomy of the crucial first twelve hours after a major terrorist incident. Emergency Response to Domestic Terrorism: How Bureaucracies Reacted to the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing should be required reading for policy makers, organizations and operational personnel that are responsible for responding to terrorists attacks and other major catastrophes. It should also be an essential part of any scholar or student who is involved in the increasingly vital and growing field of emergency management Stephen Sloan, Lawrence J. Chastang Distinguished Professor of Terrorism Studies, University of Central Florida; Professor Emeritus, The University of Oklahoma--Sanford Lakoff

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