Business Meeting of Research Committee 25 on Comparative Health Policy

22nd World Congress of the International Political Science Association (Madrid)

9 July 2012, 17.00-18.30 hours


Agenda (with notations)

1.      Welcome with round-robin of introductions by the N=30+ members attending the business meeting in Tutorial Room 23-A of Complutense University’s School of Pharmacy.

2.      Oral report on RC25 website that became operational in mid-2008 ( Members are urged to check it periodically for news and updates.

3.      Activities co-organized by RC25 since the 20th IPSA World Congress in Fukuoka (Japan) in 2006 include the following series of conferences, roundtables and panels:

·         New Delhi (India), 15-16 October 2007, conference on "Comparative Health Policies within Welfare States in Developing Societies" hosted by Delhi University's Faculty of Management Studies and co-sponsored by RC39 (Welfare States in Developing Societies); 16 papers (five panels)

·         Bellville (South Africa), 3-4 March 2008, conference on "Comparative Health Policies" co-sponsored by the South African chapter of OSSREA -- Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa; 16 papers (six panels)

·         The Hague (The Netherlands), 10-12 November 2008, conference on "Comparative Health Policies" co-sponsored by the Institutes of Social Studies; 15 papers (five panels)

·         Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 11-12 March 2009, conference on "Politics of Health and Social Protection" co-sponsored by Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública -- Brazil's National School of Public Health; 18 papers (six panels)

·         Santiago (Chile), 12-16 July 2009, IPSA's 21st World Congress; 12 papers (four panels)

·         Baltimore (USA), 21-22 October 2010, conference on "Improving Access and Relating Access to Outcomes in National Health Systems" at the University of Maryland's Global Health Resources Center; 12 papers (three panels)

·         Varna (Bulgaria), 18-22 May 2011, conference on "Comparative Health Reforms in Central and Eastern Europe since 1990" co-sponsored by the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee); 10 papers (two panels)

·         Madrid (Spain), 8-12 July 2012, IPSA's 21st World Congress; 19 papers (five panels); more than 50 persons attended these sessions and all will be invited to join the research committee

4.      During calendar 2009 RC25 underwent a rigorous review by IPSA’s Committee on Research and Training, after which it received re-authorization for six more years of operations until 2015.

5.      RC25 Chair Jim Björkman formally and warmly thanked the two Vice-chairs during 2009-2012 – Jeni Vaitsman in Brazil and Pieter Fourie in South Africa – as well as all RC25 members for their cooperation and good will.

6.      The newly elected RC25 officers were then installed: Chair Kieke Okma (Netherlands/USA), Vice-chairs Pieter Fourie (South Africa) and Lenaura Lobato (Brazil).

7.      The RC25 Business Meeting was adjourned at 18.30 hours.