Policy Responses

Contested Epidemics: Policy Responses in Brazil and the US and What the BRICS Can Learn


(London: Imperial College Press, 2015).

Eduardo J. Gómez
King’s College London

This book compares the United States to Brazil in the area of the international and domestic politics of government response to health epidemics. Combining international relations and comparative institutional theory, I argue that Brazil eventually outpaced the United States in its policy response to diseases such as syphilis, tuberculosis, and polio historically, to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and obesity today. These differences in outcomes occurred because of the Brazilian government’s interest in buildings its international reputation in health while simultaneously working closely with civil society. This book then compares Brazil to the rest of the BRICS nations, while closing with key lessons that policy-makers in the United States and the other emerging nations can learn from Brazil.

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DecenAsiaLatin

Decentralization in Asia and Latin America: Towards a Comparative Interdisciplinary Perspective


Paul Smoke
New York University

Eduardo J. Gómez
King’s College London

George Peterson
Urban Institute

This books explores the creation and evolution of fiscal decentralization policies in Latin America and Asia. An interdisciplinary social science theoretical and empirical perspective is used to account for variation in decentralization processes and outcomes in these nations. Several case studies are analyzed and compared, such as Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, China, and Indonesia. This book should be of interest to political scientists and economists interested in the evolutionary nature of decentralization process in comparative perspective.

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