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Healthpolicy as industrial policy: Brazil in comparative perspective

Shadlen, Kenneth C. ORCID: 0000-0003-4010-4835 and Massard da Fonseca, Elize (2013) Healthpolicy as industrial policy: Brazil in comparative perspective. Politics & Society, 41 (4). pp. 561-587. ISSN 0032-3292

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0032329213507552


In contrast to analyses that regard health policy and industrial policy as anathema to each other, either because an emphasis on health implies neglect of industry or because gains in industrialization come at the expense of health, we show positive synergies between the two realms. Government intervention into the health sector can catalyze interventions to promote industrial development in the pharmaceutical sector, which in turn can make health policies more effective. We focus on two pathways by which health policies can trigger industrial policies. A demand-driven pathway entails government commitments in health revealing weaknesses and deficiencies in pharmaceutical production, and thus inspiring efforts to build capabilities to stabilize the flow of drugs to the public sector. A regulation-induced pathway consists of sanitary policies revealing mismatches between what is required for firms to continue to participate in the market and pharmaceutical producers’ prevailing levels of capabilities, and government measures then being developed and deployed to address the mismatch. We demonstrate both pathways with the case of Brazil.

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Additional Information: © 2013 SAGE Publications
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD2329 Industrialization
J Political Science > JZ International relations
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2013 15:49
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:43

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