Vortrag im Oberseminar: Healing Policy. Health insurances, medical markets and the risk of treatment in India.
Vortrag im Oberseminar
Prof. Dr. Ursula Rao, Universität Leipzig
Healing Policy. Health insurances, medical markets and the risk of treatment in India
This lecture analyzes policy as a process of continuous cultural innovation with unexpected outcomes. Development programs have frequently been criticized for depoliticizing inequality and for failing to deliver the declared goals of empowerment and prosperity. In my talk I will propose a different approach to studying development projects. Rather than compare goals to outcomes, I follow the process of implementation. What are the practices that create a bridge between ideal type systems and on-the-ground social experiences? And how do they impact the relations between needy citizens and welfare institutions?
These questions are discussed in the context of a new National Health Insurance (RSBY) implemented in India to save people living below the poverty line from disastrous health expenses. In order to move beyond the lament about the unpredictable (negative) outcomes of policy, we need to focus on the multiple technical, ethical and financial compromises that generate effects, while changing original intentions, images and plans.
Wann? Montag, 26. Mai 2014, 18 Uhr
Wo? Institut für Ethnologie, Oettingenstraße 67, 80538 München
Raum L155 (Obergeschoss) Lageplan
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