Responsible Governmental Structures: Coastal Management in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia

by Margo E. Jackson, NOAA, Washington, United States,
Mary O'Donnell, NOAA, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


Commentators studying the coastal management strategies adopted by various countries have frequently criticized the lack of centralized national authorities aimed specifically at coastal management. A few countries, like the United States, have a comprehensive national law devoted to coastal management. While a detailed comparison of the countries' legal and institutional systems is beyond the scope of this paper, a brief look at these countries' governmental structures with regard to coastal management helps illuminate some of the practical benefits of a national coastal management strategy.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Public policy | Government | Federal government | Systems engineering | Structural response | Structural engineering | United States | Australia | United Kingdom | Europe

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