Ideas and the Pace of Change: National Pharmaceutical Insurance in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom by Katherine BootheIdeas and the Pace of Change: National Pharmaceutical Insurance in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom by Katherine Boothe

Ideas and the Pace of Change: National Pharmaceutical Insurance in Canada, Australia, and the…

byKatherine Boothe

Hardcover | April 7, 2015

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Canada is the only OECD country that has universal, comprehensive public hospital and medical insurance but lacks equivalent pharmaceutical coverage. In Ideas and the Pace of Change, Katherine Boothe explains the reasons for this unique situation. Using archival, interview, and polling data, Boothe compares the policy histories of Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia in order to understand why Canada followed a different path on pharmaceutical insurance.

Boothe argues that pace matters in policy change. Quick, radical change requires centralized political institutions, an elite consensus, and an engaged, attentive electorate. Without these prerequisites, states are far more likely to take a slower, incremental approach. But while rapid policy change reinforces the new consensus, incremental progress strengthens the status quo, letting development stall and raising the bar for achieving change.

An important contribution to the study of comparative political economy, Ideas and the Pace of Change should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand why health care reforms succeed or fail.

Katherine Boothe is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at McMaster University.
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Title:Ideas and the Pace of Change: National Pharmaceutical Insurance in Canada, Australia, and the…Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.3 × 6.4 × 0.95 inPublished:April 7, 2015Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1: Reexamining Health System Variation

2: Explaining Stability and Change

3: Radical Reform or Incrementalism

4: Entrenched Ideas and Barriers to Major Change

5: Opportunities for Minor Change

6: Explaining Major Change: Rare Conditions For Program Expansion

7: Conclusion

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"Ideas and the Pace of Change is a real pleasure to read. Boothe's attention to measuring and documenting how ideas affect policy development is impressive, and her work will be of interest to both academics and policy practitioners."

- Grace Skogstad, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto