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Integrating science, technology and health policies in Brazil: incremental change and public health professionals as reform agents

Massard da Fonseca, Elize, Shadlen, Kenneth C. and Inácio Bastos, Francisco (2018) Integrating science, technology and health policies in Brazil: incremental change and public health professionals as reform agents. Journal of Latin American Studies. ISSN 0022-216X

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0022216X18001050

Abstract

Brazil has encouraged an ambitious set of policies toward the pharmaceutical industry, aiming to foster technological development while meeting health requirements. We characterize these efforts, labeled the “Health-Industry Complex” (Complexo Industrial da Saúde, CIS), as an outcome of incremental policy change backed by the sustained efforts of public health professionals within the federal bureaucracy. As experts with a particular vision of the relationship between health, innovation, and industry came to dominate key institutions, they increasingly shaped government responses to emerging challenges. Step by step, these professionals first made science and technology essential aspects of Brazil’s health policy, and then merged the Ministry of Healths’s new focus on science, technology, and health, with industrial policy measures aimed toward private firms. We contrast this depiction of these policy changes with a conventional view that relies on partisan orientation of the Executive

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of...
Additional Information: © 2017 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > International Development
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2018 12:54
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 06:41
Projects: #2015/18604-5, #2014/0775-3
Funders: Sao Paulo Research Foundation
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/86455

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