Dana A. Dolan

Dana A. Dolan
George Mason University | GMU · Schar School of Policy and Government

PhD

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Introduction
Public policy researcher focusing on long-term governance issues, theory development, and qualitative methods. Climate change adaptation and its intersection with traditional policy issues like drought, community resilience, migration, and more.

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Publications (13)
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en In this paper, I draw insights from a detailed case study of adaptation policymaking to develop a novel interpretation of John Kingdon's original work that shows how policy entrepreneurs can couple the problem, policy, and political streams through multiple partial couplings. Researchers and policymakers often assume that extreme weather opens a...
Conference Paper
Coupling lies at the heart of Kingdon’s argument about why an issue rises or falls on the policy agenda, yet it remains one of the most theoretically challenging concepts within the Multiple Streams Framework (MSF). Consequently, empirical studies often focus on stream evolution rather than the more abstract notion of their confluence, and ‘windows...
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The crises that cities face—such as climate change, pandemics, economic downturn, and racism—are tightly interlinked and cannot be addressed in isolation. This paper addresses compound urban crises as a unique type of problem, in which discrete solutions that tackle each crisis independently are insufficient. Few scholarly debates address compound...
Research
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With Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, much attention has focused on the white working class voters fueling anti-establishment movements far and wide. But the elites they are railing against deserve at least as much scrutiny if we are to truly grasp these anti-system revolts and where they might lead. Over the past few decades, amid seismic...
Conference Paper
Climate change represents a fundamentally new challenge to governing linked social and ecological systems. Adapting to its effects requires decentralized adaptation efforts to respond to locally variable impacts, while cross-boundary interaction effects suggest the need for centralized coordination. To address this paradox, new institutional arrang...
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Climate change is a scientifically and socially complex challenge marked by irreducible uncertainty, very long feedback cycles and significant variations at the local scale. Adaptation will require coordination and collaboration across institutional boundaries, governance levels and sectors, presenting novel challenges to traditional, hierarchical...
Poster
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The critical need for research on climate change adaptation governance, policy, and institutional change has been further emphasized by recent scientific evidence of accelerated arctic melting and extreme events like Hurricane Sandy. A wealth of case study research is beginning to accumulate, however this may amount to an "embarrassment of riches"...
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Book Review of Steven A. Moore (2010) "Pragmatic Sustainability: Theoretical and Practical Tools"
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With urban populations and energy requirements burgeoning worldwide, cities are increasingly important fronts in the battle against climate change. Many U.S. cities have adopted formal Climate Action Plans, with energy efficiency in buildings a prime target for action. Using grounded theory and drawing from a sample of 17 large U.S. cities, we anal...
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The ever-increasing growth and complexity of software-intensive systems that has occurred over the last few years and the ensuing rise in geographically distributed projects are trends that are here to stay. Leading the charge into large, complex, dispersed systems is the government defense contracting industry. Government defense organizations hav...

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By pairing surveys and a public deliberative event with detailed household, neighborhood and county-level impacts data and visualization for sea-level rise associated coastal flooding and inundation, the Community Adaptation to Sea-Level Rise and Inundation project tested a new platform for increasing citizens’ engagement and discussion of local policy responses. Piloted in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, the project demonstrated broad-based citizen support for sea-level rise policy responses, including those that would require public funding, and demonstrated preliminary evidence for decreased attitudinal polarization following a deliberative community event.