Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy
There has been little policy effort to address sea level rise in coastal states in the US. It is important to examine, at the state level, how the multitude of different (and changing) actors with different preferences and perspectives contribute to such inertia. This study examines state-level legislative inaction with regards to sea level rise. Using Kingdon's multiple streams framework, we draw a picture of the policy landscape in Virginia as one where the problem of sea level rise is perceived as a low priority, with little consensus on achievable policy solutions, and is politically controversial. We find that policy inertia in Virginia is a result of (1) fractious viewpoints regarding sea level rise as a problem, (2) a lack of clear consensus on policy solutions, and (3) conflicting perspectives of the role of the state.
Yusuf, Juita-Elena (Wie); Neill, Katharine; St. John, Burton III; Ash, Ivan K.; and Mahar, Kaitrin, "The Sea Is Rising… But Not Onto the Policy Agenda: A Multiple Streams Approach to Understanding Sea Level Rise Policies" (2016). School of Public Service Faculty Publications. 6.
00000-0003-3599-1417 (Yusuf), 0000-0002-6790-8289 (St. John), 0000-0001-7256-5308 (Ash), 0000-0001-5013-2464 (Mahar)