Mendelberg New York Times Op-Ed: Why Politicians Are Often One Step Behind Disaster

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2020

Tali Mendelberg, John Work Garrett Professor of Politics and CSDP faculty associate, penned an op-ed in The New York Times on Why Politicians Are Often One Step Behind Disaster. Mendelberg discusses the deficiencies at the federal level, noting that the government's failure to invest in preparedness is due to three features of American government: decentralization; under-serving the most vulnerable Americans; and voters reward politicians for actions that are visible rather than rewarding good planning that avoids disaster.

Journalists should let us know who is protecting us ahead of time, not only who botches the response.