Make It Rain? Retrospection and the Attentive Electorate in the Context of Natural Disasters

  title={Make It Rain? Retrospection and the Attentive Electorate in the Context of Natural Disasters},
  author={John T. Gasper and Andrew Reeves},
Are election outcomes driven by events beyond the control of politicians? Democratic accountability requires that voters make reasonable evaluations of incumbents. Although natural disasters are beyond human control, the response to these events is the responsibility of elected officials. In a county-level analysis of gubernatorial and presidential elections from 1970 to 2006, we examine the effects of weather events and governmental responses. We find that electorates punish presidents and… CONTINUE READING

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