"Living Better Together" — On Community Resilience

On this episode of the Hayek Program Podcast, we continue the Living Better Together miniseries, featuring select authors of Living Better Together: Social Relations and Economic Governance in the Work of Ostrom and Zelizer (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023) and hosted by its coeditor, Stefanie Haeffele.

Joining us today are Anne Hobson and Laura Grube. Together they explore the complexities of institutional diversity, community recovery, and crisis resilience through the lenses of Ostrom and Zelizer. Laura’s chapter focuses on community recovery following Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy and emphasizes the importance of local, community-driven solutions following disasters. Anne’s chapter explores the role of remittances in Cuba and how these financial supports act as economic circuits that maintain and strengthen familial and social bonds across geographical distances. Both emphasize the importance of social relations in community resilience.

Laura Grube is an Associate Professor of Economics at Beloit College. She is an alum of the Mercatus PhD Fellowship. Check out her chapter, "Institutional Diversity in Social Coordination Post-disaster."

Anne Hobson earned her PhD in Economics from George Mason University and now works in public policy. She is an alum of the Mercatus MA Fellowship. Check out her chapter, "Beyond Relief: Understanding the Cuban Diaspora's Remittance-Sending Behavior."

Recommended Works: Robert Wise’s “Learning from Strangers,” Barbara Czarniawska’s “Narratives in Social Science Research,” Jieun Baek’s “North Korea’s Hidden Revolution: How The Information Underground is Transforming a Closed Society,” Tom Gjelten’s “Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba,” and “Cuba and the Cameraman.”

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The Hayek Program Podcast includes audio from lectures, interviews, and discussions of scholars and visitors from the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.