Open Access Open Access  Restricted Access Subscription or Fee Access

Bridging the disconnect between development and disaster: A first step

Chad R. Miller, PhD, Ian A. Birdsall, PhD

Abstract


This article is an attempt to shed light on the development/ disaster disconnect highlighted by McEntire. Specifically, the authors examine how economic development influences the administration of transportation infrastructure rebuilding following a disaster. As economic development is a mixture of politics and economics, the authors use the Wamsley and Zald political/ economy analysis approach to frame the research. The authors examine case studies of post-Katrina reconstruction representing different organizational forms including CSX’s coast railroad, Mississippi Department of Transportation’s replacement of the Bay St. Louis Bridge, and the Mississippi State Port Authority’s rehabilitation of the Port of Gulfport to help understand how the political/economy context impacts the administration of the postdisaster rebuilding of transportation infrastructure. Finally, the authors develop hypotheses and recommend further research, including the possible expanded use of Kingdon’s policy stream theory, to further understand the administration of the rebuilding of transportation infrastructure in the wake of a disaster.

Keywords


Katrina, transportation infrastructure, economic development

Full Text:

PDF

References


McEntire DA: The historical challenges facing emergency management and homeland security. J Emerg Manage. 2007; 5(4): 17-22.

Wamsley G, Zald M: The Political Economy of Public Organizations. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University, 1976.

Ham H, Kim TJ: Economic impacts of transportation network changes: Implementation of a combined transportation network and input-output model. Pap Reg Sci. 2002; 81(2): 223-246.

Ham H, Kim TJ, Boyce D: Assessment of economic impacts from unexpected events with an interregional commodity flow and multimodal transportation network model. Transport Res Part A: Policy Pract. 2005; 39(10): 849-860.

Boarnet M: Business losses, transportation damage and the Northridge earthquake. J Transport Stat. 1998; 1(2): 49-58.

Mattoon R: Assessing the Midwest Floods of 2008 (and 1993). Chicago, IL: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 2008.

Kolva J: Restoration, creation and recovery of wetlands: Effects of the Great Midwest Flood of 1993 on wetlands, United States Geological Survey Water Supply Paper 2425. Available at http:// water.usgs.gov/nwsum/WSP2425/flood.html. Accessed 9 March, 2010.

Cho S, Gordon P, Moore JE, et al.: Integrating transportation network and regional economic models to estimate the costs of a large urban earthquake. J Reg Sci. 2001; 41(1): 39-65.

Murray R: Hurricane Katrina: Implications for the Construction Industry. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Construction Research and Analytics, 2005.

Glaser BG, Strauss A: The Discovery of Grounded Theory: Strategies for Qualitative Research. Chicago, IL: Aldine, 1967.

CSX: CSX Transportation to Re-Open Vital Gulf Coast Rail Line. Jackson, FL: CSX Corporation Customers News, 2006.

Judge T: Restoring Katrina-ravaged bridges: Solid advance planning, early inspection enable CSXT to quickly restore major gulf coast-area bridges that were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Railway Track Struct. 2006; 102(4): 26-28.

Government Accountability Office: Improving Federal Contracting Practices in Disaster Recovery Operations GAO-06-714T.Washington, DC: United States Government Accountability Office, 2006.

Weisman J: Mississippi senators’ rail plan challenged.Washington Post, 2006: A01.

Lewis J: Battle for Biloxi. New York Times Magazine, 2006: 21-28.

Kinney J, Powell J: Katrina One Year Later: The Outlook for Transportation Infrastructure in the Gulf Coast Region. Memphis, TN: Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, PC, 2006.

MDOT News Release: Construction of new Bay St. Louis Bridge complete. Gulf Coast News, February 22, 2008.

Burton K: MDOT’s credibility on the line again design-build method has restrictions that could delay rebuilding coast bridges. Gulf Coast New, 2005: 1.

Gillette B: Bridge over Bay of St. Louis rebuilt in record time design-build option comes into play. Miss Business J. 2007; 29(26): 24-26.

Gillette B: State port in Gulfport planning significant improvements. Miss Business J. 2000; 22(51): 59-60.

Sherman R: Seaport Governance in the United States and Canada. Alexandria, VA: American Association of Port Authorities, 2000.

Mississippi State Port Authority: The Port of Gulfport Sets Annual Tonnage Record in FY 2005. Gulfport, MS: Mississippi State Port Authority, 2005.

Grenzeback L, Lukmann A: Case Study of the Transportation Sector’s Response to and Recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge Systematics, Inc, 2006.

Lofton L: State port, Gulfport making strides in Katrina recovery. Miss Business J. 2007; 29(17): 78.

Estache A, de Rus G: Privatization and Regulation of Transport Infrastructure. New York, NY:World Bank Publications, 2000.

Brown, K: Are Public-private transactions the future of infrastructure finance. Public Works Manage Policy 2007; 12(1): 320-324.

Waugh WL, Smith RB: Economic development and reconstruction on the Gulf after Katrina. Econ Dev Q. 2006; 20(3): 211-218.

Kingdon JW: Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies. Boston: Little, Brown, 1984.

Ward R,Wamsley G: From a painful past to an uncertain future. In Roubin C (ed.): Emergency Management:The American Experience, 1900-2005. Fairfax,VA: Public Entity Risk Institute, 2007: 207-238.

Birkland TA: After Disaster: Agenda Setting, Public Policy, and Focusing Events.Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1997.

Cohen MD, March JG, Olsen JP: A garbage can model of organizational choice. Adm Sci Q. 1972; 17(1): 1-25.




DOI: https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.2010.0023

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c) 2018 Journal of Emergency Management