Date of Award

Summer 7-1993

Document Type

Master's Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Public Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Huey Perry

Second Advisor

Dr. Sharon Parsons


City of Richmond v. Croson received national attention when the Supreme Court mandated that all states and municipalities conduct a disparity study to investigate the possibility of discrimination against minority firms in the construction industry, as a precondition for maintaining or instituting a set-aside program. This paper is an offspring of that disparity study conducted in Louisiana. It will primarily focus on disparity in the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) in awarding public works construction contracting in Louisiana; however, it is important to examine the effectiveness of the set-aside program and determine if there are administrative problems within the program itself that are contributing to this disparity. Qualitative data analysis was employed to determine disparity and programs in the administration of the set-aside program. The two components of qualitative data analysis employed in this paper are the historical approach and content analysis. This study concludes that there is a significant degree of disparity in DOTD public works construction contracting on the state level, more so than the federal level, and this is probably due to Louisiana's "good old boy network."