The state as a stimulator of wastewater treatment policy: a comparative assessment of three subnational cases in central Mexico

Cesar Casiano Flores (Corresponding Author), Gül Özerol, Hans Bressers, Stefan Kuks, Jurian Edelenbos, Arturo Gleason

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

10 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

River basin management and decentralisation reforms are promoted worldwide for solving water pollution problems. In Mexico, governmental efforts have been made to operate wastewater treatment plants countrywide, but federal administrations have not achieved their intended outcomes. Acknowledging the role of governance in the implementation of wastewater treatment policy, this paper analyses three cases in central Mexico and addresses the question: How does the governance context affect the implementation of the wastewater treatment policy in central Mexico? A governance assessment tool is applied to answer the question. The assessment allows an understanding of the governance context and is paired with a comparative case study design. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews and documents reviews. The results indicate that the governance context mainly restricts the implementation of the wastewater treatment policy. In all subnational three cases, the river basin management and decentralisation reforms have not reached their objectives. By comparing the three cases, we found that the state level can play a relevant role to decrease fragmentation and to increase the coherence of the wastewater treatment policy. Therefore, strengthening the involvement of the state government and the improvement of mechanisms that limit political machinations can increase the supportiveness of the governance context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-152
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of environmental policy and planning
Volume21
Issue number2
Early online date29 Jan 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2019

Fingerprint

basin management
decentralization
river basin
government and state
water pollution
comparative study
fragmentation
policy
wastewater treatment
wastewater treatment plant
document

Keywords

  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • governance assessment
  • Mexico
  • wastewater governance
  • Water governance
  • comparative governance

Cite this

@article{49d23fe1717a4238831da5cf3e9ce5c4,
title = "The state as a stimulator of wastewater treatment policy: a comparative assessment of three subnational cases in central Mexico",
abstract = "River basin management and decentralisation reforms are promoted worldwide for solving water pollution problems. In Mexico, governmental efforts have been made to operate wastewater treatment plants countrywide, but federal administrations have not achieved their intended outcomes. Acknowledging the role of governance in the implementation of wastewater treatment policy, this paper analyses three cases in central Mexico and addresses the question: How does the governance context affect the implementation of the wastewater treatment policy in central Mexico? A governance assessment tool is applied to answer the question. The assessment allows an understanding of the governance context and is paired with a comparative case study design. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews and documents reviews. The results indicate that the governance context mainly restricts the implementation of the wastewater treatment policy. In all subnational three cases, the river basin management and decentralisation reforms have not reached their objectives. By comparing the three cases, we found that the state level can play a relevant role to decrease fragmentation and to increase the coherence of the wastewater treatment policy. Therefore, strengthening the involvement of the state government and the improvement of mechanisms that limit political machinations can increase the supportiveness of the governance context.",
keywords = "UT-Hybrid-D, governance assessment, Mexico, wastewater governance, Water governance, comparative governance",
author = "{Casiano Flores}, Cesar and G{\"u}l {\"O}zerol and Hans Bressers and Stefan Kuks and Jurian Edelenbos and Arturo Gleason",
note = "Taylor & Francis deal",
year = "2019",
month = "3",
day = "4",
doi = "10.1080/1523908X.2019.1566060",
language = "English",
volume = "21",
pages = "134--152",
journal = "Journal of environmental policy and planning",
issn = "1523-908X",
publisher = "Routledge",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The state as a stimulator of wastewater treatment policy

T2 - a comparative assessment of three subnational cases in central Mexico

AU - Casiano Flores, Cesar

AU - Özerol, Gül

AU - Bressers, Hans

AU - Kuks, Stefan

AU - Edelenbos, Jurian

AU - Gleason, Arturo

N1 - Taylor & Francis deal

PY - 2019/3/4

Y1 - 2019/3/4

N2 - River basin management and decentralisation reforms are promoted worldwide for solving water pollution problems. In Mexico, governmental efforts have been made to operate wastewater treatment plants countrywide, but federal administrations have not achieved their intended outcomes. Acknowledging the role of governance in the implementation of wastewater treatment policy, this paper analyses three cases in central Mexico and addresses the question: How does the governance context affect the implementation of the wastewater treatment policy in central Mexico? A governance assessment tool is applied to answer the question. The assessment allows an understanding of the governance context and is paired with a comparative case study design. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews and documents reviews. The results indicate that the governance context mainly restricts the implementation of the wastewater treatment policy. In all subnational three cases, the river basin management and decentralisation reforms have not reached their objectives. By comparing the three cases, we found that the state level can play a relevant role to decrease fragmentation and to increase the coherence of the wastewater treatment policy. Therefore, strengthening the involvement of the state government and the improvement of mechanisms that limit political machinations can increase the supportiveness of the governance context.

AB - River basin management and decentralisation reforms are promoted worldwide for solving water pollution problems. In Mexico, governmental efforts have been made to operate wastewater treatment plants countrywide, but federal administrations have not achieved their intended outcomes. Acknowledging the role of governance in the implementation of wastewater treatment policy, this paper analyses three cases in central Mexico and addresses the question: How does the governance context affect the implementation of the wastewater treatment policy in central Mexico? A governance assessment tool is applied to answer the question. The assessment allows an understanding of the governance context and is paired with a comparative case study design. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews and documents reviews. The results indicate that the governance context mainly restricts the implementation of the wastewater treatment policy. In all subnational three cases, the river basin management and decentralisation reforms have not reached their objectives. By comparing the three cases, we found that the state level can play a relevant role to decrease fragmentation and to increase the coherence of the wastewater treatment policy. Therefore, strengthening the involvement of the state government and the improvement of mechanisms that limit political machinations can increase the supportiveness of the governance context.

KW - UT-Hybrid-D

KW - governance assessment

KW - Mexico

KW - wastewater governance

KW - Water governance

KW - comparative governance

U2 - 10.1080/1523908X.2019.1566060

DO - 10.1080/1523908X.2019.1566060

M3 - Article

VL - 21

SP - 134

EP - 152

JO - Journal of environmental policy and planning

JF - Journal of environmental policy and planning

SN - 1523-908X

IS - 2

ER -