Governance restricts: a contextual assessment of the wastewater treatment policy in the Guadelupe River Basin, Mexico

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Abstract

Lack of wastewater treatment is among the main water problems worldwide. The implementation of wastewater treatment policies faces varying challenges given the many different contexts. Therefore, context-sensitive approaches are required from a governance perspective. This paper aims to improve the understanding of the role of contextual factors in water and wastewater governance drawing on empirical evidence from Latin America, with a focus on the Guadalupe River Basin in Mexico. The findings indicate that the governance context restricts the implementation of wastewater treatment policy. Thus, future reforms should consider the top-down nature of the policy implementation process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-40
Number of pages12
JournalUtilities Policy
Volume47
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

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