Research Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Policy. Social and Political Science. June 3, 2019.
This topical and engaging Research Handbook illustrates the
variety of research approaches in the field of climate change adaptation policy
in order to provide a guide to its social and institutional complexity. A range
of international expert contributors offer interdisciplinary explorations of
climate change adaptation policy from policy sciences, legal, and practitioner
perspectives. Using examples from a variety of sectors including water, health
and land use, and multiple levels of governance and country contexts, from
international to local, and developing to developed countries, the chapters
examine a wealth of theoretical orientations towards climate change adaptation
policy and their underpinnings. In doing so, this Research Handbook provides an
understanding of the complexity of the institutions, decision-makers and
assumptions that are involved in adaptation research as well as adaptation
policy development and implementation. This Research Handbook will be an
indispensable resource for both researchers and practitioners in climate change
adaptation with an interest in the research methods and policies that support
and advance it. Undergraduate and postgraduate students of environmental
studies, public policy and politics will also find this book provides a
valuable foundation for building a deeper knowledge of adaptation science and
policy. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
[PDF format, 528 pages].
Harnessing Multilateral Financing for Health Security Preparedness. Center for Strategic & International Studies. CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security. April 3, 2019
The economic consequences of large-scale disease outbreaks
can be enormous: pandemics could cause $570 billion per year in average
economic losses over the coming decades. Health security threats have an
especially destructive impact on development investments and GDP in low-income
and lower-middle-income countries (LICs and LMICs): the 2014-2015 Ebola
outbreak in West Africa wiped out nearly five years of existing investments in
the region, gravely setting back the region’s future development prospects. By
contrast, upgrading countries’ preparedness is relatively inexpensive and
affordable; recent data demonstrates most countries would need to spend
approximately $0.50-$1.50 per person per year to get an acceptable level of
The financing gap for preparedness is one of the starkest
problems in health security, especially among LICs and LMICs. That gap is
estimated at $4.5 billion per year. Investments in preparedness are
cost-effective and affordable, but low-income and lower-middle-income country
governments continue to underinvest at dangerously low levels. These governments
bear lead responsibility for addressing financing gaps, but external funding
can be catalytic. At present, there is no financing mechanism and no adequate
incentive structure to motivate governments in high-risk countries to invest in
preparedness, particularly when those investments compete with more visible
priorities such as education, housing, transport infrastructure, and other
pressing health needs. As a consequence, countries remain ill-prepared and
vulnerable to the persistent threat of pandemics and large-scale disease
The World Bank Group’s International Development Association
(IDA) replenishment takes place every three years and presents a choice
opportunity to make adjustments that reflect important emerging priorities. In
the current IDA19 replenishment, stakeholders can take a major step towards
closing the preparedness financing gap by incentivizing $1 billion or more per
year in preparedness investments in LICs and LMICs. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
[PDF format, 6 pages].
The Healthy America Program: Building on the Best of Medicare and the Affordable Care Act. Urban Institute. Linda J. Blumberg, John Holahan, Stephen Zuckerman. May 14, 2018
Since efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have failed, and bipartisan attempts to improve the law have stalled, some policymakers are now looking beyond incremental fixes. In this paper, Urban Institute researchers present a set of policy ideas that would provide universal access to comprehensive coverage but would also allow people to keep their employer-sponsored coverage, would offer a range of insurer options and ensure broad pooling of health care risk, would not have an employer mandate, would provide income-related federal assistance, and would create a more flexible individual incentive to remain insured than that under the ACA. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
[PDF format, 24 pages].
ACA at Age 4: More Disapproval than Approval: But Most Opponents Want Politicians to Make Law Work. Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. March 20, 2014.
As the four-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act approaches, the law remains unpopular with the public. Currently, 53% disapprove of the 2010 health care law while 41% approve of the law. Opinion of the measure is virtually unchanged since last September. However, the new national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Feb. 27-March 16 among 3,335 adults, finds that when opponents of the health care law are asked about the law’s future, more want elected officials to try to make it work than to make it fail. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
[PDF format, 20 pages, 682.28 KB].
Philippines Disaster Draws Limited Interest, Donations. Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. November 19, 2013.
The aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is drawing less attention from the American public than a number of other major international disasters in recent years. About one-in-three Americans (32%) say they are very closely following news about the deadly typhoon that struck the Philippines on Nov. 8. By comparison, 55% of the public closely followed the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami in Japan, 58% followed the tsunami that struck coastlines around the Indian Ocean at the end of 2004, and 60% followed the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In the new national survey, conducted Nov. 14-17 among 1,013 adults, Typhoon Haiyan tied with economic news as the second-most closely followed story this week. The health care rollout was the public’s top story, with 37% following it very closely. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
[PDF format, 14 pages, 464.04 KB].