Dr. Kathryn Quissell is presenting two of her latest research projects at the International Public Policy Association’s International Conference, taking place in Montreal, Canada from June 26th-28th. Her first project, titled Deserving Dependents and Culpable Contenders examines how the social construction and power of policy target groups shape resource allocation for HIV/AIDS treatment in South Africa in unusual ways. This presentation is part of a larger panel examining the usefulness of U.S.-based policy theories in understanding health reform in low and middle-income countries. Dr. Quissell is also co-chairing a panel entitled Depolarizing the Policy Process: How Can Rational Policymaking and Evidence Use Be Achieved in the Face of Polarization and Populist Pressures? In addition to co-chairing, she will be presenting new theoretical work on understanding the psychological drivers of polarization, and how to study the micro-foundations of policy conflict using illustrative cases of human rights and infectious disease policies.
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