Effects of Policy and Functional (In)coherence on Coordination
A comparative analysis of cross-sectoral water management problems
Dombrowsky, Ines et. al. 2022: Effects of policy and functional (in)coherence on coordination – A comparative analysis of cross-sectoral water management problems. In: Environmental Science & Policy, Volume 131, 118-127 pp.
This article explores how (in)coherence in policies and responsibilities affects coordination at process and outcome level. It presents a rigorous comparative study of cross-sectoral coordination in six river basins worldwide. The authors, among them Ecologic Institute's Dr. Ulf Stein, observe that coherence can favor coordination at the process level, but it remains difficult to establish causality. Coherence of policies and responsibilities does not change the relationship between process-level and outcome-level coordination.