International Journal of Public Administration
Adaptation to sea level rise (SLR) requires coordination among local, state, and federal entities and collaboration across governments, nonprofits, businesses, and residents. This coordination and collaboration are reflected in institutional arrangements associated with a whole-of-government and whole-of-community approach to regional adaptation. This study analyzes the development of an interlocal agreement (ILA), the Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Planning Pilot Project (the Pilot Project), as an example of such an arrangement. This study assesses how factors throughout three phases of ILA development (initiation, implementation, and execution) influence outcomes and effectiveness. Drawing upon participant observation, document analysis, survey of participants, and interviews with key informants this study identifies factors that facilitate effective regional adaptation to SLR (impetus, agreement) and factors that hamper adaptation efforts (funding, ease of delivery), and offers insight into the complexities of institutional collective action to address contentious and challenging issues such as SLR.
0000-0003-3599-1417 (Yusuf), 0000-0002-3672-0275 (Nicula), 0000-0002-1574-5238 (Jordan), 0000-0002-8269-3626 (Considine), 0000-0001-5431-9314 (Saitgalina), 0000-0002-0472-3068 (Behr)
Original Publication Citation
Yusuf, J.-E., Nicula, J. G., St. John, B., Jordan, M. M., Covi, M., Considine, C., Saitgalina, M., & Behr, J. (2021). Developing an institutional arrangement for a whole-of-government and whole-of-community approach to regional adaptation to sea level rise: The Hampton Roads pilot project. International Journal of Public Administration, 1-27. https://doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2020.1866601
Yusuf, Juita-Elena (Wie); Nicula, J. Gail; St. John, Burton III; Jordan, Meagan M.; Covi, Michelle; Considine, Carol; Saitgalina, Marina; and Behr, Joshua, "Developing an Institutional Arrangement for a Whole-of-Government and Whole-of-Community Approach to Regional Adaptation to Sea Level Rise: The Hampton Roads Pilot Project" (2021). School of Public Service Faculty Publications. 48.