A New Deveopmental State? Thailand and the Global Movement towards Universal Coverage

A New Deveopmental State? Thailand and the Global Movement towards Universal Coverage

Thursday, 12 June 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: 
Dahrendorf Room, Founder’s Building, St Antony’s College
Speaker(s): 
Joseph Harris (Assistant Professor, Boston University)
Chair: 
Dr Matthew Walton
Convenor: 
Dr Matthew Walton
Series: 
Southeast Asia Seminar

Recent scholarship has suggested that state developmental strategies have transitioned from a focus on capital accumulation and economic growth to human development and social policy. Consequently, the critical locus for development has shifted from state-business relations to state-civil society relations. This talk will interrogate this new theory in light of a recent wave of expansion in the healthcare domain in Asia, centering first on a nuanced discussion of the dynamics of recent changes that have taken place in Thailand and then exploring other cases in the region. The talk will conclude with a discussion of the implications for theory.

Dr. Harris has served as a consultant to the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank, most recently as Specialist on the Political Economy of Healthcare Reform for the Japan-World Bank Project on Universal Coverage. He is a past recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Award and the Henry Luce Scholarship and holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He received his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and served as Lecturer at the University of Chicago’s School of Public Policy Studies before joining the faculty at BU.