Earthquakes have ended cultures in past history since they change local and national economies for uncertain periods of time.
Loss of life, loss of electricity, loss of natural gas, fires, looting, loss of communications, loss of job and income, loss of incoming food at stores, loss of port facilities, loss of roads bridges railroads ... these things affect local politics, and ultimately national politics.
The general purpose of political structures is to keep things running smoothly and solve problems such as law enforcement, transportation, sewage, public health, currency, standard business practice, economic exchange.
These things come to dramatic halt with large earthquake, and can cause total collapse of local political structures in times of unrest, and severely disrupt political structures in times of peace, even if help is available from outside sources.
Political scientist would study the affect that earthquakes have on a wide variety of things. Anything that would cause the mayor's phone to ring, or the governor's phone to ring could be a political science topic. If all the roads and bridges and railroads were destroyed going to the port of LA, just imagine how many phone calls the mayor and governor would receive. Then imagine what the mayor and governor would say or do. Every aspect of this situation could be a research topic for political scientist
Oct 04, 2012 |