Disease Politics and Medical Research Funding Three Ways Advocacy Shapes Policy

@inproceedings{Best2012DiseasePA,
  title={Disease Politics and Medical Research Funding Three Ways Advocacy Shapes Policy},
  author={Rachel Kahn Best},
  year={2012}
}
In the 1980s and 1990s, single-disease interest groups emerged as an influential force in U.S. politics. This article explores their effects on federal medical research priority-setting. Previous studies of advocacy organizations’ political effects focused narrowly on direct benefits for constituents. Using data on 53 diseases over 19 years, I find that in addition to securing direct benefits, advocacy organizations have aggregate effects and can systemically change the culture of policy arenas… CONTINUE READING

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