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Achieving Access: Professional Movements and the Politics of Health Universalism

Joseph Harris


Why do resource-constrained countries make costly commitments to universal health coverage and AIDS treatment after transitioning to democracy? At a time when the world’s wealthiest nations struggle to make healthcare and medicine available to everyone, this book explores the dynamics that made landmark policies possible in Thailand and Brazil but which have led to prolonged struggle and contestation in South Africa. While conventional wisdom suggests that democratization empowers the masses, this book draws attention to an underappreciated dynamic: that democratization empowers elites from es ... More

Keywords: universal health, universal coverage, HIV/AIDS, Thailand, South Africa, Brazil, politics, health care, antiretroviral, developing world

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501709968
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501709968.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Harris, author
Boston University