Catastrophe and the Public Service: A Case Study of the Government Response to the Destruction of the World Trade Center

Authors


Steven Cohen Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairssc32@columbia.edu William Eimicke Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairswbe1@columbia.edu Jessica Horan Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairsjph123@columbia.edu

Abstract

The destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, resulted in a rapid response by government to evacuate the area and, in subsequent days, to bring the city back to a semblance of normalcy. This article provides a case study of government action in New York City during and after the World Trade Center catastrophe. What is most striking is the skill and intensity of government’s response to the emergency and the hard work, dedication, and bravery of New York City’s government officials. This article presents government and public service at its finest, under some of the most difficult conditions one can imagine.

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