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Policy Learning and Political Context: Analyzing Responses to Colorado’s Extreme Flood Events of 2013

Deserai Anderson Crow 

With Elizabeth Albright, a colleague at Duke University, Deserai Crow is working to understand the policy responses in the aftermath of the September 2013 floods along Colorado’s Front Range. Understanding the factors that encourage policy learning and adaptation in local policy contexts may prove critical, since this can mean the difference between ongoing flood vulnerability as a consequence of extreme weather events rather than long-term resilience. Determining the factors that increase the likelihood of successful policy adaptation in response to these extreme events will produce policy-relevant knowledge that may encourage long-term local-level adaptability and resilience to extreme climatic events.