Wesley Wehde

Wesley Wehde
Texas Tech University | TTU · Department of Political Science

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Introduction
I study how people and their policy preferences are related and react to natural hazards and climate change. In this domain, much of my research examines the role of information in behavior and belief change, such as how weather information is associated with climate beliefs or how the severity of natural hazard experience increases information seeking/sending behaviors. Methodologically, I primarily rely on rigorously designed surveys and quantitative methods in my research, though I have used financial and qualitative data and methods in the past. Currently, I am working on projects on the role of ideology on attitudes related to federalism in hurricane preparedness, the effects of hurricanes on higher education student outcomes, and a WTP exercise for probabilistic hazard information.

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Publications (26)
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How does the public decide who is deserving of welfare benefits? To shed light on this question, we investigate whether the CARIN principles of deservingness—specifically the ideas of control, attitude, reciprocity, identity, and need—impact the public's perception of American welfare target groups. We draw contrast between traditional welfare prog...
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Alarming increases in average global temperatures caused by greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuels have motivated efforts to transition energy production to clean energy – especially renewable energy sources like wind and solar. While nuclear energy has the potential to provide significant amounts of zero‑carbon, baseload energy...
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We examine the assumption of individuals as ‘homo narrans’ and the effect of their demographics and beliefs in shaping policy narratives, using climate change as a case. To do so we use a version of the Narrative Policy Framework codebook to analyze open-ended survey responses in a highly liberal and knowledgeable convenience sample. We use two dif...
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The use of social media and other communication technologies have created a new ecology of public messaging. As it is a core task of government to inform its residents about risks, public managers and emergency managers, specifically, must understand this new ecology if they are to effectively communicate with the public. A challenge of this new me...
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Despite a general lack of political knowledge among the public, research demonstrates that individuals intuitively know which level of government should be, and sometimes is, responsible for policy problems. In this article, we look at public federalism preferences in the context of disaster management, particularly for managing the risks associate...
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Social capital — resources that are available as a result of social relationships and connections — has been shown to be an important component across the various stages of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane. Additionally, research has shown that the importance of the different types of social capital — bonding, bridging, and linking — can var...
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Investments in new weather forecasting technologies and communication products can be costly and serve the ultimate purpose of protecting life and property. The Forecasting a Continuum of Environmental Threats (FACETs) paradigm attempts to improve technology and communication through the provision of probabilistic hazard information (PHI). The rese...
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Existing research finds that increases in administrative burden reduce client access, political efficacy, and equity. However, extant literature has yet to investigate how administrative burden policies are interpreted by street‐level bureaucrats (SLB), whose values and beliefs structure uses of discretion and client experiences of programs. In thi...
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Using survey data collected from residents of counties along the South Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States, we use innovative compositional data analysis techniques to examine individuals’ assignment of responsibility for hurricane preparedness across federal, state, and local officials as well as among household residents and their commu...
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Scholars from various disciplines have long attempted to identify the variables most closely associated with individual preparedness. Therefore, we now have much more knowledge regarding these factors and their association with individual preparedness behaviors. However, it has not been sufficiently discussed how decisive many of these factors are...
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When the National Weather Service (NWS) issues a tornado warning, the alert is rapidly and widely disseminated to individuals in the general area of the warning. Historically, the assumption has been that a false-negative warning perception (i.e., when someone located within a warning polygon does not believe they have received a tornado warning) c...
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Weather and climate disasters pose an increasing risk to life and property in the United States. Managing this risk requires objective information about the nature of the threat and subjective information about how people perceive it. Meteorologists and climatologists have a relatively firm grasp of the historical objective risk. For example, we kn...
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Effective risk communication in the weather enterprise requires deep knowledge about the communities that enterprise members serve. This includes knowledge of the atmospheric and climate conditions in these communities as well as knowledge about the characteristics of the people living in these communities. Enterprise members often have access to d...
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Given the importance of public support for policy change and implementation, public policymakers and researchers have attempted to understand the factors associated with this support for climate change mitigation policy. In this article, we compare the feasibility of using different supervised learning methods for regression using a novel socio-eco...
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The risks associated with disasters can be significantly reduced if individuals are well prepared according to the orders and recommendations of emergency management authorities such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local government. Despite this fact, there is evidence that individuals are not cooperative with these authoritie...
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Social criteria are important to achieving the mission of the National Weather Service. Accordingly, researchers and administrators at the NWS increasingly recognize a need to supplement verification statistics with complementary data about society in performance management and evaluation. This will require significant development of new capacities...
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en Seismologists have reported that a majority of recent earthquakes in Oklahoma have been triggered by the activities of oil and gas companies. Despite this fact, there is evidence of strong opposition toward earthquake mitigation policy. In this article, we argue that how individuals define issues affect their policy choice. Furthermore, we incor...
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Objective This article examines various determinants of communication behaviors related to natural hazards and how those determinants vary for those at home or those away from home. We use the context of a series of storms that provoked communication to determine differences across media platforms, location during the event, sending versus receivin...
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Methods for identifying relevant policy impacts for valuation in benefit-cost analyses (BCAs) have received relatively little attention in academic research, applied policy analyses, and guidance documents. In this paper, we develop a systematic, transparent, and replicable process that draws upon information contained in records of Congressional h...
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The complexity of the modern information ecosystem raises many questions for public organizations. In the context of emergency management, information (such as warning messages) is communicated not only from a source of authority to the public but also between members of the public. The authors use a series of storms that affected Oklahoma in the s...
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In the wake of declining state support for higher education, many state leaders have adopted lottery earmark policies, which designate lottery revenue to higher education budgets as an alternative funding mechanism. However, despite the ubiquity of lottery earmarks for higher education, it remains unclear whether this new source of revenue serves t...
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Hydroelectric dams have social, cultural, and environmental impacts on society through both alterations of riverine effects (both downstream and in reservoirs) and the production and distribution of hydropower in a broader geographical area. Management of complex dam, hydroelectric, and river systems frequently requires tradeoffs between alternativ...
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Increasingly, policy scholars are using the Narrative Policy Framework (NPF) to systematically study the narrative elements and strategies that policy actors and groups use to advance their agendas. The majority of these studies analyze reports, documents, and websites published by the actors and groups that are most active in the policy subsystem....
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Recently, scholars have developed the Narrative Policy Framework (NPF) to systematically identify and compare narrative strategies used by competing advocacy coalitions to advance their agendas. The majority of these studies analyze reports, documents, and websites published by the actors and groups most active in the policy subsystem. However, the...
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Recently, scholars have developed the Narrative Policy Framework (NPF) to systematically identify and compare narrative strategies used by competing advocacy coalitions to advance their agendas. The majority of these studies analyze reports, documents, and websites published by the actors and groups most active in the policy subsystem. However, the...

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This study seeks to understand the ways that people make sense of climate information about the Southern Appalachian Region, and how they share that information with others. This study involves a survey with follow up interviews about climate change knowledge, information, and narratives. Information gained from this research will be used to develop content for Overlooked in Appalachian’s Spring 2021 edition as well as included in the Climate Stories Event (in deidentified form). Researchers seek to establish a baseline for understanding the ways the Southern Appalachian Region may differ in climate change knowledge and understanding because of its unique geographic, social, economic, political, and cultural traits. The region has long been tied to the craft of storytelling and therefore makes an ideal location for this study. The survey will include measures developed by other researchers as well as qualitative questions about personal identifications, experiences and knowledge.