The frequency of major floods in Argentina appears to be increasing rapidly. At the same time, human vulnerability to flood hazard is gradually rising because of economically induced population movement. The World Bank is assisting the Argentine government in promoting more sustainable flood alleviation strategies, based on the control of land use in floodplain areas. But many circumstances make the implementation of such an approach highly problematic. The case study demonstrates the value of broad-scale models that emphasize the context of hazard-response decisions as a complex mixture of physical, demographic, political and economic variables.
Keywords: climate change, government corruption, hazard-response models, interest-group politics, political systems.
DR. PENNING-ROWSELL is Dean of Faculty of Social Science and Education and Vice-Chancellor, and also a professor of geography at the Middlesex University, Enfield, United Kingdom.
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