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The calm after the storm? Looting in the context of disasters

Salgado, Mauricio, Marchione, Elio and Gill, Alastair (2010) The calm after the storm? Looting in the context of disasters In: 3rd World Congress on Social Simulation, 6-9 September 2010, University of Kassel, Germany.

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Abstract

We report the results of an agent-based model to study the strategies that policy makers can apply to prevent the escalation of de- viant behaviour in the aftermath of a disaster. Three policies are tested, namely: a reinforcement of the police power; an increase of the infor- mation available to the affected population and a combination of both policies. We test the effect of time in the implementation of these policies. The model shows that the policy which minimises deviant behaviour is the mixed one applied early after the occurrence of a disaster. Therefore, the outcome of this policy depends ultimately of the timing of their ap- plication, which is consistent with what has been observed in some real episodes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Sociology > Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS)
Depositing User: Lu Yang
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2010 15:42
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:38
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/2325

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