CZM: Evaluation of State and Local Power-Sharing

by Laurie J. McGilvray, NOAA, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Since 1976, the Secretary of the U. S. Department of Commerce has approved coastal management programs in twenty-nine states and territories. No two state programs are alike, and they vary considerably in the way that local governments are involved in the program implementation process. In some states, local governments are not involved formally in any day-to-day decisions of the coastal management program. In other states, much of the coastal program implementation responsibility is delegated to local governments. The purpose of this paper, which is written from the perspective of someone who works at the federal level, is to review the different arrangements for state and local power-sharing and to 'spotlight' those attributes that characterize the strongest institutional structures for coastal management decisionmaking.

Subject Headings: Coastal environment | Federal government | Decision making | Coastal engineering | Energy engineering | Public buildings | Public policy | Legislation

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