Emily Chamlee-Wright, After the Storm: Social Capital Regrouping in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina, Mercatus Center, George Mason University, 2006, Global Prosperity Initiative, Working Paper 70
"This paper examines the role social capital is playing in the post-Katrina recovery process, in particular, how social capital resources are being deployed to overcome the collective action problem associated with post-disaster recovery. The usual assumption is that large-scale government response offers the only viable path towards successful recovery. Qualitative analysis presented here suggests that the resources found within civil society represent an alternative paradigm for how communities can rebound. We identify four patterns by which residents and business owners are creating and leveraging social capital assets in their interactions with each other and other elements within civil society. We conclude that government disaster response and redevelopment policy should be crafted and executed in such a way that it does not unduly inhibit civil society’s ability to respond."