Tanya Buhler Corbin

Radford University
Political Science

Department of Political Science, Radford University
PO Box 6945
Radford, Virginia
United States
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Tanya Corbin’s research examines policy agenda-setting and policy change after disasters. She is especially interested in how people and communities who are traditionally marginalized from the policy process use disasters and crises to gain access to policymakers and participate in the policymaking process, and the narratives used to change the agenda. In past research projects, she has examined congressional agenda setting and policy change after Hurricane Katrina, and has published several articles in this area. Dr. Corbin has also studied the role of communities and local organizations in disaster planning and mitigation, and conducted community based research in partnership with community stakeholders. In her current research project, she is studying policy learning and change evident from the preparation for and response to the 2017 Hurricanes.

Corbin, Tanya B. (2015) "Leveraging Disaster: Promoting Social Justice and Holistic Recovery through Policy Advocacy after Hurricane Katrina," Journal of Public Management & Social Policy: Vol. 22 : No. 2 , Article 5. Available at: https://digitalscholarship.tsu.edu/jpmsp/vol22/iss2/5
Abstract: Abstract After disasters, the recovery process is uneven, and often, the social vulnerability of populations before a disaster translates into a lack of access to political power after the event. This study proposes that a large-scale event presents an opportunity to overcome these challenges and improve social, economic, political, and environmental conditions for affected communities during the recovery process by involving advocates for traditionally marginalized community members in the recovery. Using textual analysis to code the testimony of 240 witnesses who testified in 41 congressional hearings held after Hurricane Katrina, witnesses who advocated for policies that addressed social inequities are identified and their proposals analyzed. Advocacy groups were well represented, comprising nearly 27 percent of the total witnesses at the congressional hearings, and addressed race, class, poverty, and the environment in recovery proposals. The proposals reflected a holistic recovery approach, incorporating ideas of sustainability, resilience, and considerations of social equity.
URL: https://digitalscholarship.tsu.edu/jpmsp/vol22/iss2/5

Substantive Focus:

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY