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Comparative Perspectives and Policy Learning in the World of Health Care


The seminar will address the general subject of in what ways the comparative study of public policy can and cannot improve policy learning. It will draw on cross-national studies of healthcare primarily, but begin with the political context of health and social policy reform debates during the past three decades. In almost all industrial democracies rising medical expenditures exacerbated fiscal concerns about the affordability of social policy regimes among the industrial democracies. Those concerns turned into increased pressure for policy change in health care (among other policies) and with that, the inclination to look abroad for promising solutions of domestic problems. The seminar will also address the topic of cross-national policy learning more directly, addressing some of the promises and methodological pitfalls of such work. Lastly, it will examine recent debates about health reform and the claims of convergence among OECD health care systems, and outline the expansive scholarship on comparative health policy.

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Theodore R. Marmor, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Tuesday, 20 January 2009
5.00 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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