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University of California at San Diego, Scripps...
Years in Grad School: 5
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    Brian Drayton

    Faculty: Project Co-PI
    May 21, 2012 | 09:11 p.m.

    Well, it’s nice that the systems with more competition for power show a stronger positive result — is that “market forces” at work, or representation of more interests in the policy debates, less opportunity for denial, or more investment by more people in constructive participation?

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    Micah Gell-Redman

    Lead Presenter
    May 22, 2012 | 07:40 a.m.

    Thanks for the question. The next phase in our project is dedicated to sorting through those alternative explanations. What our results tell us so far is that it’s really something about there being competition for elected office. Understanding the mechanism that links competition to improved health outcomes in a more fine grained way will probably require a different kind of data collection.

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    Glenn Page

    Project Evaluator
    May 22, 2012 | 11:52 a.m.

    Greetings Micah – very well done! Are there examples where adaptive capacity to deal with reappearance of malaria – particularly where there was multi-level governance institutions collaborating around the same issue – perhaps where competitive elections actually transformed the governance systems themselves?

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    Micah Gell-Redman

    Lead Presenter
    May 22, 2012 | 09:13 p.m.

    Hi Glenn. This is actually the question I’m exploring right now. It turns out that in both the US and Mexico there was a first round of successful malaria control activities followed by a major resurgence. In the US, the resurgence was widespread and occurred about a decade after efforts began. In Mexico, the resurgence was concentrated in a few southern states, after a greater lapse of time. It remains to be tested whether the responsiveness of governments to the reemergence of malaria were shaped by political competition.

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