Movement-Driven Development

Movement-Driven Development

written by Christopher L. Gibson (Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2019), 329 page(s)

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Abstract / Summary
In the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Brazil improved the health and well-being of its populace more than any other large democracy in the world. Long infamous for its severe inequality, rampant infant mortality, and clientelist politics, the country ushered in an unprecedented twenty-five-year transformation in its public health institutions and social development outcomes, declaring a striking seventy percent reduction in infant mortality rates.Thus far, the underlying causes for this dramatic shift have been poorly understood. In Movement-Driven Development, Christopher L. Gibson combines rigorous statistical methodology with rich case studies to argue that this transformation is the result of a subnationally-rooted process driven by civil society actors, namely the Sanitarist Movement. He argues that their ability to leverage state-level political positions to launch a gradual but persistent attack on health policy implementation enabled them to infuse their social welfare ideology into the practice of Brazil's democracy. In so doing, Gibson illustrates how local activists can advance progressive social change more than predicted, and how in large democracies like Brazil, activists can both deepen the quality of local democracy and improve human development outcomes previously thought beyond their control.
Field of Interest
Global Issues
Christopher L. Gibson
Copyright Message
Copyright © 2019 Stanford University Press
Content Type
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Warning: Contains explicit content
Page Count
Publication Year
Stanford University Press
Place Published / Released
Palo Alto, CA
Global Issues, Health Policy, Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Human Rights and Public Health, Public Health, General Context: Security Issues, Social movements, Medical policy, Democracy, Sociology, Derechos Humanos y Sanidad Pública, Direitos Humanos e Saúde Pública, Saúde Pública, Sanidad Pública, Brazil, Origins
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Derechos Humanos y Sanidad Pública, Direitos Humanos e Saúde Pública, Saúde Pública, Sanidad Pública

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