Policy statement coherence: A methodological proposal to assess environmental public policies applied to water in Chile (2014)


Policy statement coherence: A methodological proposal to assess environmental public policies applied to water in Chile

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication



Francisca Reyes-Mendy, Rodrigo A. Arriagada, Sonia Reyes-Paecke, Angela Tobar

Journal Title

Environmental Science & Policy


Public policy; Policy domain; Policy coherence; Policy statement coherence; Environmental policy; Environment; Water policy; Chile


Research on analytical and assessment methods regarding environmental policies are scarce, despite the growing concern on environmental topics within governments and civil society. This proposal addresses such gap by offering a methodological tool used to elabo-rate, monitor and reformulate environmental policies. By using the theory of policy domains, we developed an analytical framework consisting of topics and objectives that build the environmental public policy domain, from which we assess its degree of coherence with the environmental regulatory response. This methodology, called policy statement coherence, will contribute towards the understanding of public policy formulation and implementation processes, an important methodological contribution in this field of re-search. This proposal revolves around the analysis of water policies in Chile.



Corresponding Author

Rodrigo A. Arriagada, Email: rarriagadac@uc.cl

Line (s) of Research

Integrated Planning