Implementation of a State's Coastal Restoration Program in a Home-Ruled Local Government Institutional Context: Case Study of Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan
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This study utilizes a two-phased approach to empirically test if institutional rules, namely home rule, are affecting the implementation of coastal zone policies, and to what extent the local land-use plans incorporate nonstructural elements (i.e., land-use planning, building codes, and implementation of ordinances) within the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan (CMP). The first uses a two-phased, coding methodology for systematically assessing and testing the quality of the 20 coastal zone parish land-use and hazard mitigation plans (Tang, Lindell, Prater, & Brody, 2008). Seventy-five coding indicators are organized into five categories: Factual Basis; Goals and Objectives; Inter-organizational Coordination and Capabilities; Policies, Tools, and Strategies; and Implementation. The second phase of analysis empirically tests if the institutional context (i.e., home rule charters of parish governments) affects the implementation of the CMP (Feiock & Kim, 2001; Lubell, Feiock, & Ramirez, 2005). This research extends the existing environmental planning and policy literatures by testing the local government’s ability to align its land-use and hazard mitigation plans with the state’s plan while governing by different sets of institutional rules.