Laura J. Hatcher

Southern Illinois University
Political Science

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Carbondale, IL

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Currently, my research agenda is focused upon the ways in which administrative agencies develop in post-disaster contexts. This includes both the creation of new administrative structures in existing administrative agencies, as well as the emergence of wholly new administrative agencies. In particular, I am completing a book manuscript on coastal regulation, hurricanes and the development of takings doctrine while data collecting for a project that analyzes the work of the US Army Corps of Engineers along the Lower Mississippi Levee System.

Hatcher, Laura J., Logan Strother, Randolph Burnside, Donald Hughes. 2012. "The USACE and Post-Katrina New Orleans: Demolitions and Disaster Clean-Up." Journal of Applied Social Science.
Abstract: In this article, we present demolition data to explore the way the patterns of demolition carried out by the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) were constituted as a social problem by resi- dents of the Lower Ninth Ward and members of the broader New Orleans community.Through a study of newspaper stories and press interviews about the implementation process, we find evidence of a gap that exists between the interpretation of the demolitions by residents of the Lower Ninth, and the need to carry out disaster clean-up among city officials and the USACE. This gap, we suggest, is constitutive of an implementation problem that may best be dealt with in policymaking processes focused on planning for disasters.
Hatcher, Laura J. 2010. "From 'Wasteland' to 'Wetland': Palazzolo, Neoliberalism, and Changing Practices of Coastal Regulation." Wayne V. McIntosh and Laura J. Hatcher, eds. Property Rights and Neoliberalism: Cultural Demands and Legal Action (pp. 177-194). Burlington: Ashgate Press.
Abstract: In this chapter I explore the ways neoliberal governance uses scientific knowledge in ways that dramatically changes our understanding of land and its appropriate uses. I argue that neoliberal governance appears to have created a contradiction within itself that motivates grassroots challenges against it. Property rights activists base their claims upon older notions of sovereignty in these challenges, making anti-disciplinary claims about the way law and science have become intertwined. Altogether, the politics around land use in highly regulated coastal areas reveals the inconsistent, open-textured and internally conflicted nature of contemporary governance.

Substantive Focus:
Law and Policy PRIMARY
Environmental Policy
Governance SECONDARY

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