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I am not sure if "cause-effect relationship" fits in this context. I have looked for better alternatives but I couldn't find one that fits here:

So far, this chapter has provided an analysis of the dynamics of rape politics as far as the cause-effect relationship between the enactment of rape policies and the degree of their enforcement is concerned.

Basically, what I want to say is that the importance of enacting a policy/law is determined by the degree of its enforcement—i.e., what is the point of enacting a law if it is not being abided by.

  • It's unclear what you're looking for. – Hot Licks Apr 5 '15 at 21:36
  • I believe the standard phrasing is something like "A law without enforcement is just good advice" (or "... is not a law"?), but I can't remember the exact quote. – Dan Bron Apr 5 '15 at 21:38
  • "Honored in its breach" is what some hack poet said. But, that said, most people obey most laws whether they are vigorously enforced or not, because most people are law-abiding people. – Hot Licks Apr 5 '15 at 21:55
  • Maybe correlation is the word you're looking for? – Barmar Apr 6 '15 at 19:33
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    Ah but @barmar, correlation is most emphatically not causation :) – Dan Bron Apr 6 '15 at 19:40
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Some words you could use in place of cause/effect are stimuli, catalyst, and impetus.

However in your case, I'd rephrase the sentence as:

So far, this chapter has provided an analysis of the dynamics of rape politics concerning the link between the enactment of rape policies and their degree of enforcement.

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